Are UK businesses investing in sustainability?

12th October 2018 | Commercial Energy

New research amongst UK SMEs reveals that nine out of ten (90%) of businesses believe incorporating sustainable and environmentally friendly processes is important. But 52% don’t feel enough is being done to link national government support with local government implementation of green initiative across the UK. Collaborate UK 2018, CitySprint’s sixth annual survey of over 1,000 SME decision makers found that while businesses believe in the importance of sustainability, over half (53%) haven’t invested in it at all yet. The top reason SMEs want to be more sustainable is to make the world a better place regardless of any increased business cost or impact (36), and a third of those who don’t have sustainability initiative plan to invest in them over the next 12 months.

Despite the good intentions of small businesses there are clear barriers in the way. Half (50%) think the government needs to do more to deliver ideas on how companies can become more sustainable and reduce emissions. When it comes to cost, half think there isn’t enough funding for green projects, and 51% believe there isn’t enough information available about how companies can access or apply for what funding is available.


Patrick Gallager, CitySprint Group CEO, commented on the findings: “It’s incredibly heartening to know that small businesses understand the importance of sustainable and environmentally processes, and choose to prioritise these because they want to make the world a better place, whether or not this leads to any financial benefit.”

He continued, “One of the biggest barriers preventing the adoption of more sustainable processes is the lack of funding and government-led infrastructure to support them – something that we have also experienced as a business. We have learned that there’s strength in numbers, and SMEs should look to form partnerships with other businesses with areas of common interest who are committed to making a difference. This could be as straightforward as making greener choices in your supply chain, choosing partners and suppliers whose sustainability goals support your own.”

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