The Food Processing Faraday (FPF) has invited manufacturers in Birmingham and Coventry to join two new 'resource efficiency' clubs designed to help them improve efficiency, reduce energy and water usage and find alternative disposal routes for food waste.
The clubs, to be launched on June 29 in Birmingham and July 6 in Coventry, are open to all food firms. Each club will be backed by £46,000 from Envirowise as well as £20,000 from the West Midlands Food Partnership.
Geoff Meacock, regional technology translator at the FPF, said: "This will help develop a cost/benefit analysis tool to help manufacturers calculate the intangible costs resulting from process change, as well as a tool to help businesses manage risks associated with the change."
There will be three levels to the clubs, said Meacock. At the basic level manufacturers will be shown free or low-cost ways of saving up to 20% on their utility bills. There will be intermediate options for those wanting to invest to save a further 20% and strategic options, enabled by the FPF, for businesses looking for a cost advantage over their competitors.
Contact: Geoff Meacock on: 07863 126535.