Sussex businesses invited to explore eco initiatives and opportunities at online event with Andrew Griffith MP

Andrew Griffith MP

The Race to Net Zero is underway in Sussex and businesses are being invited to join an online conference, hosted by the Coastal West Sussex Partnership, to start a conversation and explore what can be done to reduce business’ impact on the environment and capitalise on new opportunities. 

As the UK looks to set ever-more ambitious carbon emission targets, there is growing interest in how regional businesses can embrace eco initiatives to help the planet – and to benefit from consumer demand for low-carbon and green products and services.

The event takes place via Zoom on Friday 22 October – just over a week before Glasgow plays host to COP26, the UN Climate Change Conference, which has prioritised securing net zero emissions by 2050.

The Coastal West Sussex Race to Net Zero Conference is to be chaired by James Dempster, Managing Director of Brighton marketing agency Fox & Bear, and he will be joined by business leaders and environmental campaigners from across the region, including:

  • Andrew Griffith MP, Arundel and South Downs: UK’s Net Zero Business Champion
  • Steve Read, Director of Environment and Public Protection, West Sussex County Council
  • Sam Zindel, Managing Director, Propellernet / Founder, Low Carbon Leaders 
  • Zoe Osmond, Director, Clean Growth UK

Caroline Wood, Director at Coastal West Sussex Partnership, said: “We are thrilled with the line-up for this event and have some leading voices who are keen to share their knowledge and experience.

“This is an opportunity for Sussex businesspeople to put their heads together and learn from those who are already making a difference. From record-breaking temperatures to extreme rainfall, the time for action is now if we’re to protect our beautiful region and the planet.”

Sam Zindel, who has been on a net zero journey with his Brighton-based digital-marketing agency Propellernet for two years, added: “It makes sense on so many levels for Sussex businesses to engage with this initiative. Firstly, we are all responsible for meeting our obligations, but also by grouping together we can share stories and intelligence on the journey to sustainability.

“There’s no doubt that engaging in this process is also good for business – B Corps are growing 28-times faster than the national average. Being sustainable has definitely helped convert business for us and been a useful tool in some incredibly competitive pitches.

Caroline continued: “This is just the start of a conversation, there will be two further events, the next on the 8 December where, through collaborating as a community, we can create a stronger and unified response along with some tangible interventions that will have a positive climate impact on our area.”


  • When: Friday, 22 October
  • Time: From 11am-12pm
  • Where: Via Zoom
  • To register: Please click here