Welcome to the latest edition of the SVBS newsletter.

You might notice that we’re trialling a new format this week. This is part of an SVBS communications refresh that aim to make it quicker and easier for businesses to access important resources and information through our website and newsletter.

This week's edition is dominated by events, including new networking opportunities and several special business events that tie in with COP26. In the coming weeks, we'll be showcasing more support initiatives and local opportunities for your business. Please do continue to subscribe, and we hope you find the new format helpful.


A word from Ruth Smith, Founder of Sustainable Results Lab and host of our 'Greening the web' workshop...
'While we wait for the world’s leaders to make meaningful commitments at COP26, it’s all too easy to feel overwhelmed by the scale of the climate emergency.

One easy, low-cost way for you and your business to make a difference is to reduce your digital carbon footprint. This is vital because digital technology contributes around 4% of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Fortunately, there are lot of easy-to-implement changes you can make that are good for the planet and your business.

To find out more, join our workshop this Thursday at 10:00 on 'Greening the web' (more details below).

In partnership with SVBS, we’re also proud to be pioneering a six-week campaign to green the web. You can find out more about this below.

I look forward to meeting you at our workshop on Thursday.

The UK is currently hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow until 12 November 2021.

The summit has brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

As nations look to rebuild their economies in the wake of COVID-19, we have seen an emphasis on ‘building back better’ through a green recovery. More and more countries, businesses, and investors are also coming forward with commitments to become carbon neutral by 2030 or 2050.
To tie in with COP26 and help work towards the Councils' carbon reduction ambitions, we are getting ready to launch our Greening the Web campaign, encouraging businesses to reduce their Digital Carbon Footprint with a number of easy-to-implement changes. The campaign kicks off with our 'Greening the web' workshop, taking place on Thursday 4 November from 10:00 - 11:00.
The workshop will be followed by a six-week campaign to highlight the numerous, easy steps we can all take to make our digital presence less harmful to the environment. The campaign will cover:
  • Websites, including structure and content
  • User experience
  • The use of video and images
  • Use of colour
  • Typography
  • Utilising your emails
  • Devices
From Monday 8 November, a free guide on reducing your Digital Carbon Footprint will be available for businesses based in South and Vale. If this is of interest, please get in touch with us.
Register to attend HS2's 2021 'Meet the Contractor' event

'Meet the Contractor' aims to provide relevant potential suppliers with an opportunity to meet our Tier 1 Joint Venture Contractors, regarding their upcoming 2022 and 2023 procurements.

Registrations are open for the Main Works event (covering the South, Central and North sections of Phase One of HS2), which will take place from 29 November - 1 December.

Attendees will be able to meet Tier 2 Subcontractors to ensure future opportunities from the HS2 Supply Chain are understood and accessible to the market.

The event will offer webinars on HS2 and the context of the project, as well as further breakout rooms for suppliers to discuss future procurement opportunities.

Read the agenda for the event and register here.

'Work the media - how to get national coverage with zero PR budget'

Join us for the first SVBS supported Networking in... event as we welcome Mike Lawton, Co-Founder and Director of Oxford Dynamics, to talk about 'Working the media'. Mike has previously worked at the BBC and will be sharing some tips using real life examples on how you can work the media without having any budget.

Wednesday 10 November   |   10:30 - 12:00

The first 40 businesses to register for this event can claim a half-price ticket for just £5, using the code 'SVBS'.

Register on the Networking In... website here.

Beyond COP26: how Oxfordshire is powering the zero carbon transition

Following on from COP26, Oxfordshire Greentech has partnered with Cambridge Cleantech, OxLEP and OxFutures to host their annual conference from 17 - 18 November 2021.

The conference will be comprised of two online morning sessions from 10:00 - 13:00, with speaker presentations, discussion panels and virtual networking sessions.

Find out more on the official Eventbrite page.

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