St Helens Chamber has commissioned 2030hub to improve the sustainability skills of local businesses as part of the UK Government's Community Renewal Fund to promote clean growth.

Together To Zero will see St Helens businesses receive funding and skills training to become greener as part of Liverpool City Region’s commitment to becoming net-zero carbon by 2040 as well as raising aspirations for young people to pursue exciting sustainable careers opportunities in the local region.

2030hub will be delivering net-zero training, awareness-raising and on site support to develop decarbonisation and innovation plans, whilst also strategically connecting to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through a mapping and local adaption project that also includes a pioneering open-source SDG data platform for the area.

Stephen Sykes, Director at 2030hub says: "Support and training for small and medium-sized business is crucial to accelerated localised net-zero success, and a huge opportunity for those who get onboard early. Through professional development training, peer-to-peer support and early sign-posting to resources we get rapidly get many SMEs of all sectors and sizes on their net-zero journey.

2030hub launched a Liverpool City Region campaign called 2030zero ( last year to create a collaborative, locally relevant approach to helping SMEs find their balance and pace of carbon reduction approach which fits perfectly inside the objectives of Together To Zero.

We believe that using the SDGs can be a powerful and pragmatic roadmap to connect global climate challenges such as net-zero that we ALL need to tackle, however big or small we are, to the very practical need for local businesses to survive daily."

Rachel Willacy, at St Helens Chamber, says: “This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to work with local businesses, colleges, universities, training providers, schools, and other partners to build foundations that will create a long-lasting impact for our local community and economy.

We hope that it will inspire future generations to see how they can access careers in these growing sectors, informing them about the opportunities available and inspiring them to pursue higher levels of skills training contributing to the workforce of the future.”

As part of the 2030hub support we will be offering free introductory webinars on both net-zero and how to use the SDGs for businesses. Click on the links below to register (also open to non-St Helens businesses!).

More information on the initiative and how to get involved, including how and when to apply for grants and training opportunities, can be found at Together To Zero.