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Business unites to seek environmentally friendly future for UK economy

FSB has teamed-up with a cross-section of business, environmental, academic and professional organisations to publish a shared view of how the Government's planned Environment Bill can ‘put sustainability at the heart of our economic model’.

The Broadway Initiative unites a range of stakeholders and nationally-recognised experts to create ideas and plans to manage the environment post-Brexit. The aim is to advise government on how to enable all parts of society to play their part in achieving long-term objectives for the environment, while meeting society’s needs for food, infrastructure, energy, and products and services.

Other signatories of the Broadway Initiative include the National Trust, Confederation of British Industry (CBI), Water UK, and the Wildlife Trusts. The full list of is published alongside the Initiative’s seven assurances for the Environmental Bill.

Key assurances are needed from Government to put sustainability at the heart of the UK’s economic model. The outline of demands from the Broadway Initiative illustrate the key elements needed for a clear and coherent Environment Act. This will give society strategic predictability on the long-term pathway for the environment, providing the basis for private and public sector investment in environmental improvement.

FSB’s National Chairman Mike Cherry said: “Across the UK, we are seeing many small firms doing their bit in meeting the challenges of creating a low carbon and sustainable economy.

“Other small businesses, however, want to play their part but need support and enough time to be able to make the changes needed to do so. These businesses need policy certainty so they can make the right investments at the right time. The simple truth is that the UK will not be able to meet its environmental and climate ambitions without the UK’s 5.6 million small businesses on board.

“The forthcoming Environment Bill must include a cross government strategy that sets out a clear and defined roadmap on how small businesses are going to be supported to transition to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable economy. Small firms come in all shapes and sizes – understanding these differences is paramount in developing this roadmap.”

You can read more about the Broadway Initiative here