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A bright and efficient future for local business

On Thursday 15 January over 40 Herefordshire Businesses came together at the Wye Valley Brewery, in Stoke Lacy, for the launch of the new Business Futures Forum (BFF).

The aim of the forum is to provide a network of support and information for local businesses, looking to increase their efficiency and profitability, whilst enhancing their sustainability and reducing their environmental impact. 

This public-private partnership, supported by Marches Environmental Technologies Network (metnet) and Herefordshire Council seeks to support local businesses looking to increase their profitability and environmental performance.

The event consisted of three excellent presentations. Gareth Williams, Caplor Energy and co-chair of BFF gave examples of how ‘good business is good for business’ and how energy saving measures can cut costs by up to 15%. 

Jimmy Swan, Wye Valley Brewery and co-chair of BFF showcased how Wye Valley Brewery have significantly reduced their carbon emissions, improved the working environment whilst retaining a regional focus to their business.

Ben Boswell, energy and environmental team leader from Herefordshire Council gave a talk on ‘the big picture in Herefordshire’ and explained that 40% of Herefordshire’s carbon emissions currently come from industry and commerce.  He then went on to explain some of the projects Herefordshire Council are undertaking to reduce costs and emissions including energy efficient street lights and investments in renewable energy. 

Following the meeting there was a tour of the Wye Valley Brewery, showcasing the new energy efficient brew house. 

Mike Ashton, CEO for the Herefordshire and Worcester Chamber of Commerce said, “Businesses of all sizes and sectors benefit from increased efficiency and profitability, whilst sustainability is an increasingly important consideration.”

Bill Wiggin, MP for north Herefordshire said, “The Business Futures Forum is a most worthwhile cause and it was a joy to meet and learn from businessmen and women intent on thriving in the business world whilst caring for the future of our planet.”

Our next meeting is on the 16th April at the Balfour Beatty offices, Rotherwas, Hereford, HR2 6JT, 8am for 8.30 am start with a free breakfast provided.  The focus for this meeting will be transport, logistics and cutting fuel costs.  To book a place business’s need to email

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