Monday, September 13, 2010 - 11:12

Companies based in Cornwall are set to benefit from free training at the Eden Project to help them get ahead in the low-carbon economy.


The 10-day Green Foundation programme is aimed at helping the county’s small- and medium-sized enterprises react positively to new climate change laws and gain a competitive edge in the transition to a low-carbon economy.


Spread over three months and run by Eden, the programme has been introduced in response to the government’s commitment to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions which is set to have a considerable impact on businesses.


Now up to 300 business people across Cornwall can take advantage of the free scheme, to give them the skills and motivation to improve their organisations’ sustainability, save costs and spot opportunities in the changing marketplace.


They will undergo the practical programme among the world-famous Biomes at Eden. The social enterprise based in Bodelva, near St Austell, has 10 years’ experience of putting sustainability at the heart of its business.


Participants will also learn in their own and peers’ workplaces through an exchange programme to encourage links between businesses and Eden itself.


Tony Kendle, Eden's Foundation Director, said: “It's clear that the rules of business are changing for the 21st century. Issues such as rising energy prices and global warming will lead to new challenges but also new opportunities. We want to help the businesses of Cornwall face this new world with the best armoury they can have."


Tom Stevens, Green Foundation Manager, said: “Our aim with the Green Foundation programme is to create a positive and lasting impact on the way businesses operate. We want to cut through the jargon and complexities of sustainability and help businesses and their employees seize the opportunities of a changing business landscape.


“People won’t be sitting in a training room looking at slides. We’re going to use the magnificent Eden site to its maximum potential and allow participants to get a behind-the-scenes look at the successes and challenges of a sustainable business in action. They’ll have exclusive access to the Eden team who can share their experience, enthusiasm and expertise on issues directly relevant to participants’ own businesses.”


Financed by the European Social Fund, Green Foundation is aimed at all levels of workers from shop floor staff to middle managers to directors.


There will be opportunities to join up monthly on a first come first served basis, from October onwards.


For more information or to sign up, contact Sarah Ross on 01726 818597 or or visit