Firms in Basingstoke and Deane can improve their green credentials thanks to free sustainability audits from the borough council.

As part of an initiative to encourage businesses to become more environmentally friendly, free 30-minute audits are being offered to determine how business can reduce waste and energy, and encourage greener travel options.

A specialist from the council’s Green Team can assist businesses with the audit, which aims to improve sustainability, cut carbon output and help play a part in enhancing the local surroundings.

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Once completed, businesses receive a free report outlining ways they can run greener operations while simultaneously boosting profits and expanding.

In addition, businesses will also receive free aid from the council's Green Team on implementing a green plan ensuring that the suggested recommendations turn into action.

The report would include information on networking groups, grant programmes and specific initiatives such as electric vehicle charger installations and how to make buildings more energy-efficient.

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This move comes after the council declared both a climate and ecological emergency in the borough in 2019 and 2021.

For more information on the free audits, interested businesses can visit

The council's head of climate change and sustainability Mark Lambert said: "As people become more environmentally conscious, they are looking for eco-friendly companies.

"Making your products and services greener can help you to stand out, bringing benefits including helping you to find new customers, attract and keep talented staff, save money and increase profits."