Efficiency Scheme Secures £2m Cost Savings For Scottish Businesses

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Lauren Milton, Lorna Milton – both Elan Hair Design; Stephen Boyle, Resource Efficient Scotland; Fergus Ewing, Minister

Resource Efficient Scotland – a Scottish Government green efficiency scheme delivered by Zero Waste Scotland – has passed the £2m mark in savings it has helped to identify for Scottish businesses.

Fergus Ewing, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, celebrated the milestone on Monday (2 December) when he visited CIWM Awards 2013 finalist Élan Hair Design in Inverurie – a small family-run business, which has taken action to reduce its energy, water and raw material costs.

Élan Hair Design was finalist for CIWM’s Innovative Practice Award (SME) and the Zero Waste Award.

Élan is one of over 17,500 organisations to get help from Resource Efficient Scotland since it launched in April this year.

Fergus Ewing – “Resource Efficient Scotland is a new, innovative programme which has the potential to help every business and other organisations in Scotland and be a game-changer for resource efficiency in Scotland”

Since implementing these changes, Élan Hair Design has seen its turnover increase by 16 percent in the past 12 months while the number of customers visiting the salon has also increased by 25 percent – with feedback indicating that Élan’s green ethos has been a major factor. 

Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Fergus Ewing said: “We launched Resource Efficient Scotland to help organisations benefit from expertise on energy, water and materials all from one service.  Resource Efficient Scotland is a new, innovative programme which has the potential to help every business and other organisations in Scotland and be a game-changer for resource efficiency in Scotland.

“By safeguarding and using resources wisely, with best business practice, Scotland’s firms are an example to all.  To date the RES programme has helped SMEs in Scotland identify savings of almost £2.1m, supported 17,500 organisations and delivered over 400 site-visits to businesses. I encourage businesses like Élan Hair Design to take action to help tackle climate change and put Scotland in a firm position to reduce risk associated with fluctuating raw material process.”

Iain Gulland, director, Zero Waste Scotland said: “It’s great to see so many businesses, such as Élan Hair Design, across the length and breadth of the country have already accessed this support and taken steps to become more resource efficient as a result.

“This isn’t just about the environmental benefits or complying with legal obligations, the cost savings really do speak for themselves.  I would encourage all businesses across Scotland to follow suit and get in touch and see the benefits for themselves.”

For more information on the CIWM Awards For Environmental Excellence visit www.ciwmawards.com

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