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The future’s bright for business forum

Herefordshire businesses looking to improve their profitability whilst enhancing their sustainability joined to share their expertise on Thursday 16 July. Local business, Caplor Energy in Fownhope hosted the third meeting of the Business Futures Forum, (BFF).

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 2 main presentations.  Gareth Williams, managing director of Caplor and joint chair of the BFF spoke on climate change, renewable energy and its benefits to businesses of all sizes.  Gareth explained how solar photo-voltaic panels work and talked about some of the considerations that a business should make before investing.

Michael Chesshire, founder of Evergreen Gas spoke on anaerobic digestion.  He explained how anaerobic digestion works and its applications in a variety of situations. 

Following the presentations, delegates enjoyed a barbecue in the sunshine.  There was then a tour of the renewable energy on Caplor Farm. 

Bill Keir of Oakwrights said, “The best bits are always the guided tours of the business, seeing what other people do and how they do it. “

Sarra Laycock of Sequani commented, “Great variety of participants from diverse professional backgrounds. Lots of interesting discussions and perspectives”

Forum meetings are held quarterly and focus on a range of topics; energy, resource efficiency, transport, waste, operations efficiency, grants/funding and legislation. Meetings focus wherever possible on case studies and tours of members’ premises.  Membership is open to all businesses of all sizes and from all sectors.

Our next meeting is on 23 September 5pm at M&M Direct Ltd.  The focus for this meeting will be reducing waste to landfill and M&M will showcase their new warehouse.

Delegates can book a place by emailing

Tags: Business and economy, Community and living, Environment and waste