Upcoming Low Carbon SME Workshops & Events

Our series of masterclass workshops aim to boost productivity and profitability by enabling carbon-conscious SMEs to acquire new skills, resources and knowledge. These sessions are designed to deliver tangible impacts by improving participants’ knowledge of carbon reduction and building awareness of new techniques, technologies and innovations.

Each workshop is delivered by experts, usually from our own specialist academic team – each of whom has accumulated a wealth of industry experience. Practical advice and guidance is coupled with real world experience for maximum learning outcomes.

For information on upcoming workshops and to register, please scroll below. To book select the appropriate workshop and click book now.

Workshops 2019 - 2020

We look forward to deliver the following workshops in 2019-2020

Black Country Launch

Expert advice and grant support to help SMEs reduce their carbon footprint

Aston University is currently delivering a free low carbon business support programme in the West Midlands. We are delighted to launch the Low Carbon SMEs project in the Black Country to help smaller businesses replace old, inefficient equipment and provide dedicated one-to-one support to assist SMEs in reducing their carbon footprint. This event is open to high-energy-using SME’s in the Black Country.

Benefits of attending:

  • Save money on upgrading plant and equipment to reduce energy costs with grants up to £12,250 (matched by company’s own funds)
  • Sign up to a free 2-5 day diagnostic identifying energy and process efficiency savings
  • Networking opportunities with industry experts including HS2 Engine for Growth
  • Increase production & productivity through long term collaboration opportunities with Aston University academics

Our Energy experts provide a holistic approach to energy efficiency based on your needs that will lead you to higher productivity and increased net profit. Eligible companies can apply for up to 50% per cent of the capital costs of equipment.


09:00am Registration & networking
09:30 AM Welcome note by the Project Director
Professor Prasanta Dey
09:40 AM Opening address by The Right Worshipful the Mayor of Wolverhampton

Councillor Phil Page

09:50 AM Introduction to the Low Carbon SMEs Programme

John Kyffin-Hughes (Business Engagement Manger)

10:00 AM Presentation by High Speed Two (HS2)

Robert Slater (Supply Chain Manager)

10:20 AM Low carbon business case study by Collins (formerly known as UTC)

Gail Dawson/ (Environmental Health and Safety Manager)/ Mark Sharples (Operations Manager)

10:40 AM Break
10:50AM Queen’s Awards for Black Country Businesses
Dr Satya Sharma MBE DL(Deputy Lieutenant, Lead of Wolverhampton Group)Slyvia Perkin MBE TD JP DL(Deputy Lieutenant, Lead of Sandwell GroupDr. Nasir Awan MBE DL(Deputy Lieutenant, Business Group Lead)
11:00 AM Interactive roundtable discussions & 1-2-1 surgery sessions with expert advisors
11:50 AM Closing note
12:00 PM Buffet lunch and networking
01:00 PM Close
14-03-2019 Black Country Launch Event Book Now
Green Logistics

Join us to learn the best practices & strategies to reduce your logistics costs and enhance business efficiency

Benefits of attending

  • Understand the key Logistics & Transport developments to improve your logistics and environmental performance
  • Practical insights and examples of how SMEs could improve their environmental performance and reduce costs
  • Meet and learn from industry leaders
  •  Explore long term collaboration opportunities with Aston university Logistics and Sustainability experts


21-03-2019 Green Logistics Book Now