Government Bodies

These include government departments responsible for sustainability policy and also quangos set up to support UK- based organisations.



The Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs is the government department responsible for climate change and environmental protection. Its website contains information about business and the environment and guidance about the environmental impacts of consumer products, including green labels and claims.



NetRegs provides free environmental guidance for small and medium-sized businesses in the UK. It aims to help organisations understand what they need to do to comply with environmental law and protect the environment. NetRegs is a partnership between the UK environmental regulators – the Environment Agency in England and Wales, SEPA in Scotland and the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) in Northern Ireland.

Businesslink is the hub for government services and information that replaces Businesslink and Directgov. It has a waste and environmental impact section that includes both information on compliance and additional services such as the Green Deal.



WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) is a government-funded not-for-profit organisation set up in 2000 to help recycling take off in the UK and to create a market for recycled materials.

As understanding grew that 'waste' is actually 'stuff with value' and that wasting resources made no environmental or commercial sense, governments across the UK increased efforts to tackle these issues.

Over the last decade, waste has helped and continue to help governments devise strategies to deal with these issues through its expertise, research and practical advice. Its latest initiative is the Business Efficiency Resource hub.

Sustainability and Resource Efficiency Knowledge Transfer Network


The SREKTN exists to accelerate the UK’s transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy by connecting organisations and catalysing innovation across a wide range of environmental technologies. It is funded by the Technology Strategy Board and can help members to: match needs with capabilities, identify partners and funding, keep track of developments in R&D, markets and regulation, raise the profile of their innovation, and input to policy development and UK R&D strategy


The EU-funded REBus programme can provide free expert support to established SMEs in the textiles and electronics sectors. Please go to for more information.

Innovate UK

InnovateUK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) funds, supports and connects innovative businesses to accelerate sustainable economic growth. Its responsibilities are to: provide new support for innovative small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with high-growth potential, make sure that government initiatives such as SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative) attract innovative UK businesses and give companies access to important customers in the public sector, identify and invest in the sectors that have the greatest potential for innovation to speed up economic growth and help innovative companies work with their backers so their ideas can be developed commercially

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