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Lancaster University Offers Cumbrian Businesses a Sustainable Path to Success with Funded Research Collaboration


Lancaster University is launching an innovative sustainability research initiative designed to empower small and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises in the Westmorland and Furness region. This new programme promoted through the Westmorland and Furness Green Enterprise Hub, offers a unique opportunity for local businesses to collaborate with Lancaster University’s talented students, unlocking valuable insights and strategic recommendations tailored to their specific sustainability goals.


Conducted over a minimum of two weeks, the research projects will provide businesses with practical solutions, actionable strategies and fresh perspectives to enhance their sustainability practices. By partnering with Lancaster University, businesses can utilise the expertise and resources of students to move towards a more sustainable future. Joanne Larty from Lancaster University says:


“Businesses can struggle to find the time and resources to reduce their environmental impact, and understand ways sustainability might both help to reduce costs and waste, leading to new market opportunities with customers. Every business is unique, so this is an opportunity to tailor research to the specific needs of your business. We have students from a range of subject areas who are passionate about sustainability and want to use their expertise to help local businesses thrive in a more sustainable way.”


Zoe Hebblethwaite, Business Decarbonisation Manager at the W&F Green Enterprise Hub, added, “With places available for up to 5 businesses, this is an excellent opportunity for businesses to take proactive steps towards sustainability. For those interested in participating, the closing date for applications is the 13th of May. Apply now at


In addition to the research projects, Lancaster University will host two informational events for businesses interested in sustainable innovation. These events will provide networking opportunities and insights into recent research on sustainable businesses in Cumbria. Attendees will also learn about creative approaches to sustainability and have the chance to engage in discussions with industry experts. For more information on the events, please visit


This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.


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Notes for Editors   About Cumbria Action for Sustainability (CAfS) We are an award-winning charity and the leading organisation providing advice, inspiration and support for action on climate change in Cumbria.   Our vision is a zero carbon Cumbria that is socially, environmentally and economically beneficial for all.   Our mission is to achieve net zero by 2037 or sooner by promoting and facilitating low carbon living and its benefits – inspiring and supporting individuals, communities, and organisations across Cumbria and beyond to decarbonise lives and businesses. We provide practical support for the development of low carbon plans and policies for individuals, communities, and organisations. We inspire behaviour change and seek to deliver sustained shifts from high to low carbon emissions through enabling new social norms and influencing key policies, strategies, and funding streams.   About the W&F Green Enterprise Hub: The W&F Green Enterprise Hub is a partnership dedicated to supporting small-medium-sized businesses in the Westmorland and Furness area to become more sustainable. Through tailored support, one-to-one advice, events, and training, the Hub strives to empower businesses to adopt environmentally responsible practices and drive positive change in the community.    

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