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Helena talks about SPIN

Sustainable Production Innovation Network (SPIN) events and more!

Helena Simmonds, Innovation Manager at WMG, tells us more.

There is currently much discussion in the media concerning the green recovery and net-zero initiatives. The planet’s average surface temperature has increased by over 1.1°C and the ocean has warmed more than 0.33°C since the industrial revolution and is still rising. If nothing changes, the effects of climate change such as extreme weather and rising sea levels will have more and more impact on our day-to-day lives.

Although most people agree this is one of the most urgent societal challenges we face today, I want to help small businesses understand how environmental improvements can be profitable also.

The benefits of adopting sustainable manufacturing practices are numerous. Increasing process efficiencies not only raises productivity but can reduce waste and energy costs too, freeing up cash for the business. Ensuring that you are compliant with current environmental legislation and are aware of future policies will ensure longevity in a rapidly changing landscape. Furthermore, acting now to implement sustainable manufacturing practices will strengthen and protect brand and reputation, and may give a competitive advantage in new and existing markets.

WMG wants to work with local manufacturing SMEs to support them through the adoption of sustainable production practices to achieve a positive impact on people, planet and profit. 2021 will see the launch of WMG’s Sustainable Production Innovation Cohorts where SMEs can work together in their sector to implement sustainable improvements into their workplace benefitting both the environment and the bottom line.

In order to connect businesses and begin the discussion, we’ve set up a series of networking events on the subject of sustainable manufacturing.

We’re pleased to announce the launch of the Sustainable Production Innovation Network (SPIN). The first of which will take place on 24th November, 3pm-4.30pm. This online event will introduce the business benefits of sustainable manufacturing with two industrial speakers followed by a networking session where you can connect with other businesses, share best practice and chat about the issues raised.

Places are free but are limited to ensure the most effective networking. To find out more, contact me directly at or register for the event directly by following this link. Keep an eye on our social media accounts 

Who: The SME Group invites you to our latest SPIN event.

What: A series of webinars designed to bring businesses together to discuss sustainability

Where: MS Teams

When: Tuesday 24th November, 3 pm-4.30 pm

Why: To join the conversation, become part of this collaborative group, and network with peers.