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posted 27 May 2010, 06:23 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 27 May 2010, 06:28 ]
Dearne Valley businesses will learn there IS such a thing as a free breakfast next month – and also get the chance to save money on their energy costs.

A free business breakfast is being organised by the Dearne Valley Business Forum to help local companies identify how they can save money by improving their energy efficiency and environmental management.

John Healey, local MP for Wentworth and Dearne, will be the keynote speaker at the event, outlining his aspirations for the future of the area.

Businesses will also hear about the ambitious and exciting plans for the Dearne Valley as part of the emerging Eco-Vision, and the opportunities for businesses to become involved.  The vision aims to transform the Dearne Valley into the lowest carbon community of its type in the UK by applying innovative and pioneering solutions to address climate change.

A host of organisations will also be on hand at the event to offer information and advice about free support and grants available to help businesses improve their green credentials. This could result in savings of time and money for their organisation; support compliance with upcoming legal and tax issues; help with accessing new green suppliers and winning new customers, as well as a reduction in carbon emissions. 

The organisations will include Business Link, CO2 Sense, the Carbon Trust, Barnsley and Doncaster Chambers of Commerce, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, local environmental trust Groundwork, Dearne Valley College and the local authority business development teams.

For those businesses looking to relocate in the Dearne, property agents will be on hand to provide information about local sites and premises in the area which may be suitable.

The event, on Friday June 25, will be held at the Park Inn Hotel, Manvers, and will run from 8am -10am.  It is free to attend and open to all businesses in the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham parts of the Dearne Valley as well as those with an interest in the area.

Businesses can book a place at the event by visiting the Dearne Valley Business Forum website.