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REY launches £9.8m business development programme

Business improvement programme Resource Efficiency Yorkshire has officially launched its £9.8 million business development programme with the publication of a new report titled Meet REY.

The report details how REY has a three year plan to help businesses make the resource efficiency shift that will help put Yorkshire and Humber on the path to a low carbon economy.

REY launched its report at the Round Foundry Media Centre in Leeds (9 July) to a gathering of organisations representing the public, private and third sectors in Yorkshire and Humber.

Programme director Andy Hartley said: REY will be working to ensure that the £9.8 million of funding it has secured is used to help the regions businesses profit from resource efficiency. We know that for every £1 million of income generated in Yorkshire and the Humber 600 tonnes of waste is created. Thats nearly twice the national average. Its also of avoidable expense, a lot of avoidable environmental damage and a drag on our regions competiveness.

Over the next three years, REY will be working with various partners to increase the efficient use of waster, energy and wastes, green design and sustainable procurement systems. Our new programme will help to make businesses more competitive and profitable. It will also help Yorkshire and Humber to become a low carbon economy, which is crucial if we are to tackle climate change.

REY will be working closely with Business Link [business advice service] to deliver its programme of business support along with a range of national and regional resource efficiency partners such as the Waste & Resource Action Programme, Carbon Trust, and green business clubs.

Yorkshire and Humbers regional development agency, Yorkshire Forward, and the European Regional Development Fund [fund allocated by the European Union] funds REY.

Yorkshire Forward business assistant director Jim Farmery said: REYs business development programme is important as not only does it help Yorkshire and Humber to become a low carbon economy through our regions businesses becoming more efficient, it also improves businesses overall economic performance making them more competitive.

 Picture Caption: (REY launches £9.8m business development programme)  Left to Right: Michael Jones, regional coordinator from WRAP, Howard Waghorn, managing director of i-plas, Andy Hartley, programme director of REY and Tim Godson, team leader for climate change from Local Government Yorkshire and Humber

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