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Climate–conscious firms urged to apply for Shell funding

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 – 19th October 2008

Environmentally friendly small firms are being urged to put themselves forward for the opportunity to win a financial boost of up to £40,000 courtesy of Shell.

Applicants to the Shell Springboard fund are required to demonstrate that their product or service can help combat climate change, and is innovative and commercially viable enough to be worthy of a grant of between £20,000 and £40,000.

Judges are looking for businesses with ideas with the potential to break new ground while using sound financial planning and market understanding.

Shell is offering a maximum of six awards to businesses in each of three regions — Scotland and Northern Ireland, northern and central England, and Wales and southern England.

Regional winners will be selected in February 2009. Six winners will be selected to face a national judging panel in March 2009, and a chance to win the national Shell Springboard award.

Last year’s national winner was Carbon8 Systems, a company that turns everyday rubbish from landfill into building materials. Carbon8 Systems commercial director Paula Carey said:

“Winning this award has already opened doors for us. We’ve confirmed a partnership with Kent Council to create a pilot project on a local landfill site. It’s a really positive move for the business.”

The deadline for this year’s entries is 7th November.

For more information and to apply online, visit the Shell Springboard website

For more information on making your business greener, read our top ten tips guide


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