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Whatever your size or industry, if you’re a business, organisation or local authority in the north of England, The GBN is your one-stop-shop for all things environmental. More specifically, we’ve made it our mission to help you save money, stay compliant, go green and boost your reputation, all at the same time.

  • We make it simple for you to save money, by helping you to reduce your energy, water, paper and waste bills by up to 45%.
  • We make it simple to stay legal, by helping you comply with regulations and avoid hefty fines.
  • We make it simple to add value to your brand, by helping you gain accreditations.
  • We make it simple to meet your CSR targets, by improving your efficiency, shrinking your waste and helping you recycle.

If you do manage to find something we can’t help you with, we almost certainly know someone who can. So call in for a chat – the first hour is always free.

20 Years

Is your business legally compliant?

We’ll give you the answer, and the solution if it’s a ‘no’.

The Producer Responsibility Regulations (Packaging Waste) 2007 mean lots of businesses have clear legal obligations when it comes to their packaging waste.

You’ll need to take action if you meet these two criteria:

  • Turnover of £2m per year
  • Handle over 50 tonnes of packaging per year

Not sure what 50 tonnes looks like?

  • 5 pallets of packed goods per day
  • 1 articulated lorry load of goods per week

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Save money, protect the planet, safeguard your reputation…

Investors in the Environment (iiE) is a well-established national environmental accreditation and membership scheme that helps small and medium sized business in three ways. Firstly, it helps businesses save money by reducing their energy bills. Secondly, it helps them reduce the impact of their everyday work on the environment. Last but not least, it helps them build their brand and safeguard their reputation by earning official recognition for their environmental achievements. The scheme is operated here in the Yorkshire & Humber region by our friendly GBN team.

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What about other environmental questions?

We can help your business with pretty much any environmental question.

We offer support to

  • write and maintain your environmental management system
  • create and maintain your environmental Legal Register
  • work out your Carbon Footprint
  • achieve ISO14001 accreditation

We also offer advice on energy supply, waste disposal and environmental permitting and an independent audit service if you need it.

Our first hour is always free.

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Pennine Pack

Pennine Pack

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Following is a list of the frequently asked questions relating to our schemes.

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Links

Links

Following is a list of the links relating to TheGBN.

Hebden Bridge (hebdenbridge.org)

Our thriving little town has been happily doing its own thing for decades now. Today, it’s a proudly progressive and uniquely independent community shaped by its history, people and stunning natural surroundings. Vibrant, friendly and a great place to visit or live, it’s also famously full of surprises…

Investors In The Environment (iie.uk.com)

Investors in the Environment is a not for profit environmental accreditation scheme. It is designed to help the business sector save money and reduce their impact on the environment. 

Recyclenow (recyclenow.com)

Want to know what you can recycle near you? Find out on Recyclenow.

Carbon Trust (carbontrust.com)

The Carbon Trust helps business and the public sector cut carbon emissions, and supports the development of low carbon technologies.

Euro Information Centre (euro-info.org.uk)

Dedicated to helping firms get the information they need to do business effectively in Europe's single market. Provide up-to-date information on EC Directives and Regulations, public sector contract opportunities, research and development initiatives, and business opportunities.

Traveline (traveline.info)

Planning a journey? Check out traveline.info to see how easy it is to use public transport. If we can double the number of people using public transport, we can half the carbon footprint of our journeys.

West Yorks Travel Plan (wymetro.com)

The West Yorkshire Travel Plan Network supports employers to promote more sustainable ways of travel to work through a wide variety of free support packages and initiatives. The Network is a partnership between Metro and the five West Yorkshire districts and is delivered by Metro’s Travel to Work Team.

Local Route Planner (planner.wymetro.com) Packaging Legislation

Lets Recycle Packaging Page (www.letsrecycle.com/packaging)

The Environment Agency Packaging Page (npwd.environment-agency.gov.uk/Public/PackagingHome.aspx)

The European Commission Packaging Page (ec.europa.eu)

The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations (www.gov.uk/government/publications/packaging-essential-requirements-regulations-guidance-notes)

The Producer Responsibility Obligations (Packaging Waste) Regulations 2007 (www.gov.uk/guidance/packaging-producer-responsibilities) - please note that these regulations have been amended several times - please contact us directly if you have specific questions about these regulations.

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Videos

Videos

Following is a list of videos relating to our schemes. Why not checkout our youtube channel.

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About the packaging regulations (part 1)

A short video that explains the two thresholds tests that companies must pass to be obligated by the Producer responsibility obligation (packaging waste) regulations.

About the packaging regulations (part 2)

Explains how the Producer Responsibility Obligation (Packaging Waste) Regulations share the obligations between different business activities.

What is different about Ethical Compliance

A short video explaining how Ethical Compliance is different from other packaging compliance schemes and why we try to buy all of our PRNs from British recyclers.

Policies and Certs

Community

Community

We’re very much a community-focussed team, passionate about giving something back.

Over the years we’ve been involved with a range of charities and events in various different capacities. John is currently a director of two excellent charities supporting people with learning disabilities, The Next Step Trust and Access Hospitality CIC. He’s also a director of Calderdale Community Energy, which aims to support energy efficiency and renewable energy schemes in our region.

Pennine Magpie - John was a director from 2002 – 2016

Pennine Magpie's aim is to improve the lives of people who have learning difficulties by providing the skills needed to lead more independent and fulfilling lives.

The Next Step Trust – John has been a director from 2006 – present

Established in 2006 to support adults with learning disabilities and complex health needs. It's objective is to provide a comprehensive day service provision along with other services as required by the individuals we support, particularly for young adults in Calderdale.

Calderdale Community energy – John has been a director from 2016 – present

We’re passionate about energy saving and renewable energy schemes. We run projects and work with groups who want to take on their own project. 

Access Hospitality CIC – John has been a director from 2018 – present

We are a Community Interest Company with a mission to improve community cohesion by providing employment opportunities for young people with learning difficulties.

Other charitable events

We also support other charitable events in our communities including:

 

Stainsby Music Festival where Jane runs the festival site and Mary and John look after the volunteers. This year, to celebrate the 50 th festival, we made cream teas for 200 volunteers in a field.

 

Oxenhope Strawrace – Jane & John run the start line

 

Awards

Awards

It’s never been about awards for us, but it’s nice to have earned a few along the way.

  • 2018, we won TWO Green Apples for Environmental Best Practice in carbon reduction.
  • For our innovative Ethical Compliance scheme, Pennine-Pack was declared runner up in the Guardian Sustainable Business Awards 2016 (Supply Chain Category). We also won a Green Apple Award in 2017.
  • In September 2016, Pennine-Pack was awarded a unique plaque recognising our ongoing contributions to Community Foundation for Calderdale.

May 2016, The Guardian

Recognising our work with British recyclers and the benefits of recycling in the UK, Pennine-Pack were shortlisted alongside SAB Miller and IKEA in the guardian Sustainable Busienss Awards. Pennine-Pack were recognised as the Runners-up to SAB Miller.

 

Sept 2016, Community Foundation for Calderdale

Pennine-Pack was delighted to receive a unique plaque recognising our ongoing contributions to the Community Foundation for Calderdale at their 25th anniversary presentations on 15th Sept 2016.

 

Nov 2017 The Green Organisation

Pennine-Pack were presented with a Green Apple Award in recognition of their Environmental Best Practice supporting British recyclers.

 

Nov 2018 The Green Organisation

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Two of The GBN’s divisions were recognised at the Awards: IIE Y&H won the Green Champion Award for environmental best practice and we also won a Bronze Award for best environmental practice for our work to promote recycling in the UK.

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Contact Information

Address

15 Hebden Bridge Town Hall
St George's Street
Hebden Bridge
HX7 7BY

Email

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Phone

01422 417 371

Getting started

Getting iiE accredited and what you need to do.

To help make accreditation easier, you can choose from three different levels of Investors in the Environment accreditation. Each has its own set of criteria to satisfy, shown in the table below. The level you opt for will depend on things like your timescale and budget, or the nature of your everyday operations. Whichever level you start at, rest assured that we’ll help and advise you through every step of the process.

Investors in the Environment – Getting Started

Choose the level which is most suitable for your business. Click the ‘Get Started' button and one of our friendly team will be in touch to get you started.

Bronze
from £199
plus VAT annually
  • Have an Environmental Policy in place
  • Environmental Champion appointed
  • Monitor gas, electricity and water use
  • Monitor use of one other resource
  • Take quarterly resource readings
  • Set targets for improved energy efficiency
  • Action plan in place
  • Recycling system in place
  • Present progress and remote audit
Silver
from £249
plus VAT annually
  • Have an Environmental Policy in place
  • Environmental Champion appointed
  • Monitor gas, electricity and water use
  • Monitor use of two other resources
  • Take quarterly resource readings
  • Set targets for improved energy efficiency
  • Progress towards targets demonstrated
  • Action plan in place
  • Recycling system in place
  • Adopt a travel plan
  • Undertake two additional actions
  • Present progress and remote audit
Green
from £349
plus VAT annually
  • Have an Environmental Policy in place
  • Environmental Champion appointed
  • Monitor gas, electricity and water use
  • Monitor use of three other resources
  • Actual meter readings taken monthly
  • Set targets for improved energy efficiency
  • Progress towards targets demonstrated
  • Annual 2% minimum reduction in resource use
  • Action plan in place
  • Recycling system in place
  • Adopt a travel plan
  • Undertake three additional actions
  • Calculate carbon footprint and set reduction target
  • Present progress bi-annually
  • Onsite audit

The green scheme that pays for itself

The cost of getting your Investors in the Environment accreditation depends on the level you choose and the size of your organisation. The great news is that whatever you do pay, costs are typically offset many times over by the savings you make on things like water and energy bills. On top of that, the benefit of accreditation can be priceless for your brand.

Investors in the Environment – Price List

Number of staff members Bronze * Silver * Green *
Less than 10 £199 £249 £349
Less than 30 £249 £349 £449
Less than 200 £449 £549 £649
More than 200 £699 £799 £899

* All prices listed are exclusive of VAT.

If your business operates from more than one site then please give us a call to discuss your requirements and receive a personalised quote.

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