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ScottishPower survey reveals UK small businesses are thriving thanks to embracing sustainability

At ScottishPower we work hard to understand our customers and the challenges they face. To take a gauge of the UK’s small and medium business landscape we commissioned research to understand how we can continue to empower and support business owners in the UK.

The research revealed that 41% of small businesses have adopted energy saving measures in the last year - highlighting the UK’s move to more environmentally friendly business practices.

The survey also revealed that 81% of business owners are turning a profit and in order to help save money and improve cash flow, 14% have reduced their energy consumption.

New devices such as smart meters are supporting businesses to succeed, with more than half of business owners feeling fairly up to speed with the latest technology. Almost a quarter of small business leaders are looking to introduce smart meters into their business - following in the footsteps of 1.17 million businesses across the UK who have already installed them.

In order to support businesses, we have teamed up with Carbon Trust, to develop an online energy saving toolkit. The toolkit provides business owners with personalised, sector specific energy efficiency advice, tips and calculators, helping them identify ways to reduce energy consumption and potentially save money.

We are also taking up the sustainability challenge itself. At the start of the year, the company left carbon generation behind and now only produces 100% green electricity. It is also investing £7million every working day to help drive the change to a cleaner electric future.

Keith Anderson, Chief Executive of ScottishPower, said: “Our research shows that small businesses across the UK are innovating to become more sustainable. We’re working hard to provide bespoke support for small business leaders – allowing them to reduce energy consumption, become more environmentally friendly and have the tools to be in control of their energy consumption.”

For more advice on saving energy within your business, click here