Workshops & Events

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

Data Management Workshop

Using data as a strategic asset and transformational tool to enhance productivity.

The way data is gathered, analysed, and understood can have an important impact on key decisions made by your organisation. Our Data Management workshop aims to equip your business with insightful data management techniques to enhance your productivity and profitability.

The interactive workshop will explore data management techniques that can help your organisation save energy costs, improve efficiency and obtain maximum value from your energy and operational data.

Please sign up and join us to begin utilising data collected from monitoring to make strategic and informed decisions within your business.

Benefits of attending:

  • Explore data management best practice and techniques
  • Achieve more subjective forecasting
  • Inspire better engineering using inputs from unique data analysis
  • Turn your data into energy saving
  • Identify current sources of data you use to measure, analyse, and interpret
07-02-2019 How to become a Data Driven Business for Enhanced Productivity Book Now
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.


09:00 AM -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-
09:50 AM -Introduction to the Low Carbon SMEs Programme -John Kyffin-Hughes
10:00 AM -Presentation by High Speed Two (HS2) -Robert Slater
10:20 AM -Case study: Low carbon business
10:40 AM -Break
10:50 AM -Interactive round table discussions & 1-2-1 surgery sessions with expert advisors
11:50 AM -Closing remarks
12:00 PM -Buffet Lunch and networking
01:00PM -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


09:30-10:00 -Registration and networking (tea and coffee served) Presented by-
10:00-10:20 -Welcome note & Overview of Low Carbon SMEs
09:20-10:50 -Logistics & sustainability- Director ALSI (Aston Logistics and Systems Institute)
10:50– 11:20-Challenges for UK SMEs- CILT (The Charted Institute of Logistics and Transport)
11:20 –11:50 Insights: improve environmental performance -Wincanton Head of Sustainability
11:50-12:00 SME feedback & Survey
12:00-12:30 Lunch
12:30-1:00 Logistics emission reduction scheme
FTA (Freight Transport Association) Environment Policy Manager
1:00-1:30 Roundtable discussion, Q&A
1:30-1:45 Feedback, Next Steps & Closing note

21-03-2019 Green Logistics Book Now