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Council invests over £155k in new green business projects

MK Council is investing £155k to help local organisations encourage greener business practices and take on young trainees to look after the city’s green spaces.

The Council is supporting the Parks Trust to take on four young trainees to help maintain green spaces in MK. Trainees will enrol onto a training programme to help them becomes experts in landscape management and help make green spaces in MK even better.

The Council will also be working with Ngage on its Prism project to support MK based businesses achieve their climate action goals. The programme will run for one year, providing practical support for local firms, including grant funding and expert advice and training to help business make the most of low carbon opportunities.

Prism will run events and workshops for companies and create a network of like-minded businesses who can work together.

Both programmes are paid for by MK Council’s £500,000 Green Business Recovery Fund and are intended to help local businesses improve their green offer to local residents and create more sustainable jobs.

Deputy Leader of MK Council, Cllr Robin Bradburn said: “These projects are great examples of just some of the work we’re doing to grow our economy responsibly and support local businesses. It’s really encouraging to see more businesses join our efforts to tackle the climate crisis and I look forward to these projects taking off.”

Lynsey Dunn, Head of Marketing, Communications and Events at Ngage said: “With energy prices on the rise, there has never been a better time for businesses to kick start their decarbonisation journey. The Prism project will work with businesses in Milton Keynes to be at the forefront of the transition to Net-Zero. Businesses who engage with the project will gain access to a specialist team that will help to demystify climate jargon, provide access to tools and resources that will support them to measure baseline emissions, and set actionable long-term carbon reduction targets.”

David Foster, CEO of the Parks Trust said: “Thanks to the Green Recovery Fund we have been able to fund training places for 4 new entrants into our direct works teams as well an additional supervisor. Our direct works team undertake important landscape management work and help keep the parks, woodland and play areas in good condition. Trainees on the programme are paid above the Real Living Wage and undertake a wide range of certified training. Subject to training and practical criteria being met they can expect the role to become permanent with further training opportunities and excellent career development prospects.”


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