CBN Expert partners with South west organisation to help local businesses become net zero trailblazers.

The South West Manufacturing Advisory Service (SWMAS) supports SME manufacturers across the South West of England, enabling them to improve their productivity and stimulate their growth aspirations. 

Through their Make it Net Zero initiative, they are offering a support programme that provides valuable advice and guidance at every stage of the Net Zero journey. A Low Carbon specialist uses the CBN Expert dashboard to measure and benchmark a business’s carbon footprint and from it develop a personalised action plan to identify and implement achievable improvements.

“This group of businesses involved in the Make it Net Zero programme will be the trailblazers, showcasing best practice for others to follow.” 

Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of Plymouth City Council

The team at SWMAS have access to Net Zero industry experts as well as facilitated networking opportunities and the chance to share best practice knowledge and collaboration. The programme of carbon reduction will also be accredited by the Future Net Zero Standard so that commitment to becoming low carbon can be publicised to customers and suppliers.  

Paul Gilbert, Make it Net Zero programme lead at SWMAS tells us “A common barrier is understanding where to start, and this programme can really help businesses overcome this and progress their own unique Net Zero journey. The programme has been designed to enable businesses of all types to understand their current carbon footprint, and build a plan to help them achieve Net Zero.


One of the areas that the Make it Net Zero programme is being delivered is Plymouth, where SWMAS will aim to engage with more than 200 people over the next few months and hopes to encourage more than 50 local SMEs to commit to becoming Net Zero.

Councillor Nick Kelly, Leader of Plymouth City Council, said “This project is incredibly timely as the whole world is looking at how we can tackle climate change. We have committed to Plymouth becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and protecting the environment for future generations, and everyone in the city has a role to play in this. But we know that it can be daunting for businesses to change their processes and confront the challenges of becoming Net zero which is why this comprehensive support programme is so crucial. 


There is a limited number of fully funded spaces available to eligible businesses. If you’d like more information on becoming involved in this programme get in touch at netzero@swmas.co.uk