Revolution’s green light

Paul Humes, left, from Albany Office Furniture, and South Tyne & Wear FSB Branch Chairman Jim Storey, who is checking out seating fabric made from nettles!.

Paul Humes, left, from Albany Office Furniture, and South Tyne & Wear FSB Branch Chairman Jim Storey, who is checking out seating fabric made from nettles!.

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WEARSIDE businesses are today gearing up for the green revolution.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) invited firms of all sizes to join its business exhibition Green 4 Go, which is being held in Sunderland today.

The South Tyne and Wear branch organised the show to celebrate the progress of the low carbon economy in the North East and help businesses reduce their own carbon footprint and cut costs.

Held at Nissan Sports and Social Club and Conference Centre, the event was due to be opened by vice-president of Nissan Manufacturing UK, Kevin Fitzpatrick.

Ted Salmon, FSB North East region vice-chairman, said: “The FSB in the region identified that the Government had earmarked the North East as the driver of the low carbon economy and we wanted to celebrate and showcase the current businesses within that sector.

“We also wanted to highlight the opportunities for current SMEs to get involved in the low carbon economy.

“This was brought to light when we heard that Nissan had wanted to search for local businesses of all sizes to help in the supply chain of the Leaf project. It became clear that to reduce carbon output, local businesses could seize this opportunity.

“There are two workshops – Opportunities in the Low Carbon Economy and Improve Your Supply Chain to Reduce Carbon and Cash – that are aimed at giving SMEs a helping hand to identify how they can reduce carbon and also increase business whilst lowering costs.”

Standholders taking part in today’s event included Albany Office Furniture, who were showcasing seating using fabric made from nettles.

The firm was a perfect example of the kind of business the event was aimed at promoting, said Ted.

He added: “The current fabric in office seating is usually polyester based, which uses oil.

“The blend of nettles and wool fabric makes a hard-wearing seat, but without the use of fossil fuels. It’s one of a host of interesting stands, including one which will showcase the world’s first antibacterial toothbrush.”

For more information, contact southtynewear.secretary@fsb.org.uk or telephone 516 6311.

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