• CrowdFunder: Support Zero Carbon Guildford

CrowdFunder: Support Zero Carbon Guildford

The lease on Zero Carbon Guildford’s town centre climate hub, ZERO, ends in September, and they need help to support a major transition. The charity has saved over 580 tons of CO2e through behaviour change projects and events in ZERO alone – not counting the impact of business engagement and energy surveys.

If you are able to support them, and help them maintain a high level of ambition in driving sustainability and decarbonisation across Surrey, then please consider donating to their Crowdfunder.

If you have found the support from the Sustainable Business Network or wider Zero Carbon Guildford helpful in the past, we welcome you to consider contributing to Zero’s future. This week the team launched a crowdfunder to support the transition to new premises in September & our award-winning work.

All donations up to £250 will be match-funded AND have gift aid included.
🎉ZCG receives £562.50 from a donation of £250🎉.

If you’re up for donating, let us know and we can send you some marketing collateral for social media to show that you’ve supported us.

Click here to find out more


  • Applications are now open for the latest round of the EM3 Future Fund

Enterprise M3 (EM3) is looking to support new innovative capital projects across Hampshire and Surrey through its loan and grant scheme, The Future Fund.

Up to £10 million of capital funding is available for projects focusing on innovation, achieving Net Zero by 2050, digital connectivity, and green or digital skills.
Projects can range from demonstrators and pilots, to requests for seed funding as well as larger capital schemes.

The aim of The Future Fund is to help EM3, which is a Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), to deliver its vision for a low carbon, high growth economy, by supporting a small number of high-quality projects. The LEP is looking to assist growing businesses, help drive economic growth and create new or safeguard jobs. It also seeks to promote inward investment into the EM3 region, provide CO2 savings and enable new learning or learning spaces.

EM3 welcomes high-quality applications for The Future Fund from businesses, business support organisations, universities and colleges, plus public sector organisations, including local authorities, as well as the third sector, such as registered charities, community groups and social enterprises.

The application process for the current round of funding is open until 12 noon on 15 September, by when a draft business case should be submitted using a template which can be downloaded from the EM3 website.

Stephen Martin, Managing Director of Enterprise M3 said: “We are very much looking forward to receiving some exciting and innovative submissions from growing businesses and organisations that will help drive economic growth and make a positive difference to the EM3 region.

“As we are accepting applications for a limited time, I would urge those interested to ensure their submissions are made before the 15 September deadline.”

For information about The Future Fund, please visit the EM3 website where full details, guidance and the application process timelines are available, or email


  • Rural Prosperity Fund

Whilst the eligibility details are still being worked out for the Rural Prosperity Fund, we wanted to give you a forewarning and encourage you to get your plans in order and your quotes sorted.

£400,000 has been allocated to each of the boroughs of Guildford, Waverley and Tandridge. These boroughs are considered ‘rural’ so we believe no matter where you are in the borough, you will probably be eligible.

Whilst we await the specifics from each of the borough councils, please click on the button below that gives the macro view of what the fund is designed to do.


  • Launching Surrey’s “Climate & Nature” Funding Pot

We are excited to be launching an innovative fund for Surrey-based businesses to super-charge community-led action on climate and nature across Surrey, in partnership with the Surrey Climate Commission and ActionFunder.

Join us to demonstrate how businesses can lead the way through impactful and targeted investment on this most crucial of topics.

To find out more details (including a short overview paper) please contact


Surrey County Council are working on a number of funding and support initiatives with Surrey Districts & Boroughs, and national partners to help businesses and communities. Whether you have decarbonisation, business development projects or want to switch your fleet to EVs, from grants to loans, if you would like to find out more please visit our website and register to get the latest news.


  • Do You Want a FREE Energy Audit for your Business?

GEP Environmental are working with the University of Portsmouth, the University of Winchester and the cleantech cluster, Greentech South on a project called EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions (EMphasis3). EMphasis3 is a European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) funded project offering support to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The EMphasis3 project is seeking to support the move to a zero carbon economy. Through the project SME’s can obtain a FREE OF CHARGE ENERGY EFFICIENCY AUDIT to highlight energy efficiency improvements available.

GEP are the approved partner for undertaking the free energy audits and we want to offer you the opportunity to have your energy efficiency and usage reviewed for free. The energy audit will take between 1 and 2 hours and require access to the site, including locations such as plant rooms and Building Management System control panels. It is useful to have a representative to guide the auditor, while risk assessments, including any site safety measures will be reviewed and issued prior to site visits.

Further information is available from the GEP Environmental or Greentech South or alternatively please do not hesitate to call on 01962 600205 or email

Course Profile – IEMA Certified Carbon Management

ESG Click here to read their Environment, Social and Governance: Using ESG Stratergy to Drive Social Impact – Document.


A3 E3 Grant Newsletter 

Click here to read through the news on the A3 E4 Grant initiative, for creating cleaner air for Guildford.