Redesign your business

Discover how to design circularity into your business and make the most of resources to cut costs and tap into new revenue opportunities.

Consumers are waking up to the mounting plastic pollution problem and putting pressure on businesses to re-examine how they package their products. Have you started looking for 'sustainable packaging' options but aren't sure which one to go with and what the true environmental impact will be?

We'll help you cut through the noise and find the best circular packaging solution for your business.

What to expect

  • Dive into the packaging challenge and immerse yourself in new packaging innovations and solutions
  • Problem solve with like-minded businesses and learn from each other
  • Work closely with our expert advisors and gain the knowledge you need to implement a winning circular packaging strategy
  • Witness first-hand how waste companies manage your discarded packaging
  • Join our circular ecosystem and take advantage of speaking opportunities, grow your network, share ideas and collaborate

How it works

Probe

Unwrap the challenge

  • Share your packaging struggles
  • Explore different packaging options and learn how to compare their true environmental impact in our ‘unwrap sustainable packaging’ workshop
  • Meet and learn from businesses on the same packaging journey

Model

Witness the impact

  • Visit London’s material recycling facilities and see what happens to your packaging after it’s been thrown away

Prove

Take action

  • Use the insights and tools you receive to confidently launch your new circular packaging initiative
  • Dare to think outside the box and qualify for further bespoke support

4 Nov 2019

Applications open

31 Dec 2019

Applications close

Jan 2020

Investigative packaging survey

Jan 2020

Unwrap sustainable packaging workshop

Feb 2020

Waste facility tour

Apply if you are

  • worried about how much waste your packaging creates
  • trying to reduce the amount of single use packaging you generate
  • keen to trial a circular packaging solution but aren’t sure how to set it up
  • experiencing increasing pressure from your customers to be a responsible business
  • worried about how much waste your packaging creates
  • trying to reduce the amount of single use packaging you generate
  • keen to trial a circular packaging solution but aren’t sure how to set it up
  • experiencing increasing pressure from your customers to be a responsible business
  • worried about how much waste your packaging creates
  • trying to reduce the amount of single use packaging you generate
  • keen to trial a circular packaging solution but aren’t sure how to set it up
  • experiencing increasing pressure from your customers to be a responsible business

We understand it can be tough in the hospitality industry, with businesses working around the clock and up against tight margins. Did you know that many small restaurants and cafes in London each throw away up to £6,000 of perfectly edible food every year? Or that small and medium-sized hospitality businesses across the UK overspend on their annual energy bills by nearly £92 million?

We'll help you gain a competitive advantage by cutting unnecessary costs while making the most of your resources. Our expert advisors will help you assess every aspect of your business and unearth how you can become zero-waste, reduce your bills and discover untapped revenue opportunities.

What you get

  • Delve into the food industry waste challenges and uncover clever insights on how to become zero-waste and reduce your bills
  • Team up with fellow food businesses in a practical and interactive workshop to co-design solutions and learn from each other
  • Hear compelling case studies from industry experts to see what success looks like and find out how they got there
  • Work closely with our expert advisors and learn all you need to know to launch successful circular initiatives
  • Witness first-hand what happens to your discarded food and packaging waste
  • Join our circular ecosystem and take advantage of speaking opportunities, grow your network, share ideas and collaborate

How it works

Hungry for some answers?

  • In our ‘circular food business’ masterclass we’ll help you analyse your operations and figure out where uneccessary waste happens, from food and packaging through to furniture and fixtures.
  • Compare different initiatives and map the circular opportunities for your business and within your supply chain
  • Learn about exciting new innovations and meet businesses that can help you cut down on waste and make the most of your resources

Witness the impact

  • Visit London’s food waste and recycling facilities to see what really happens to your waste

Dish it out

  • Use the insights and tools you receive to confidently launch your new circular initiative
  • Dare to think outside the box and qualify for further bespoke support

Dec 2019

Applications Open

Jan 2020

Applications Close

Jan 2020

Fact-finding survey

Jan 2020

Circular food business masterclass

Mar 2020

Waste facilities tour

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We’re looking for businesses who want to trial circular strategies in their company. Whether it's designing a new product or renting something out instead of selling it, we'd love to hear from you.

We'll help you refine your ideas, design a pilot, test the feasibility and once finished, evaluate the outcome. See what we're looking for below and if any of the suggestions match your aspirations, get in touch.

Pilot 1.

Circular design

Are you keen to design a product that is genuinely circular?

We’ll help you explore the options you have in designing products that can last longer, be easily repaired or upgraded and be easily dismantled at the end of use, while designing out waste throughout the value chain.

 

Pilot 2.

Take back scheme

Instead of not knowing where your products end up when your customers are finished with them, why not reclaim them? We can help you plan a take back scheme where you collect your products or packaging at the end of their use, to either resell, reuse, repair, remanufacture or recycle. By giving them a new life, you ensure that their materials remain in use for much longer while potentially reducing costs and and making sure you recoup some of the materials’ value for yourself.

 

Pilot 3.

Leasing and rental

Instead of selling your assets just once, maintain ownership for longer by either leasing or renting them to your customers. We’ll help you design a system so that you maximise the value of the things you currently sell, your equipment and your space.

What to expect

Phase 1

  • Work closely with our expert circular economy business advisors to validate the economic and environmental impact of your pilot proposition
  • Receive practical feedback and guidance on its high-level feasibility

If your pilot shows promise and is selected for the next phase, your advisor will prepare a project plan for pilot implementation.

Phase 2

  • Bring the whole team together to take a deep dive into all of your circularity options and co-create your circular pilot strategy
  • Receive an in-depth economic and technical feasibility study including an assessment of its environmental performance
  • Trial your dream circular solution in the real world with support from a business advisor throughout
  • Evaluate the results and plan the next steps to scale the project

How it works

01

Explore

Initial diagnostic meeting and high-level pre-feasability study to decide on the suitability of the solution.

02

Define

Workshop with key stakeholders to discover the pain points that need to be tackled for a solution that works for all.

03

Model

Design a prototype solution and undertake an economic and technical feasibility study with an assessment of the environmental performance.

04

Pilot

Test the solution with a selected product and range of selected customers. Record and report success and/or failure factors.

05

Evaluate & Scale

Evaluate the performance, refine the solution and develop the scaling strategy.

Applications for our pilot stream are open throughout the year. Places are limited and successful applicants will be notified if they have been selected by one of the Advance London business advisors.

Apply if you are

  • designing a circular product or service that would benefit from an in depth environmental and economic feasibility study
  • keen to design a circular pilot that provides a viable solution to a resource challenge that you or your stakeholders are facing
  • interested in strengthening your relationship with customers and suppliers by bringing them on the pilot journey
  • designing a circular product or service that would benefit from an in depth environmental and economic feasibility study
  • keen to design a circular pilot that provides a viable solution to a resource challenge that you or your stakeholders are facing
  • interested in strengthening your relationship with customers and suppliers by bringing them on the pilot journey
  • designing a circular product or service that would benefit from an in depth environmental and economic feasibility study
  • keen to design a circular pilot that provides a viable solution to a resource challenge that you or your stakeholders are facing
  • interested in strengthening your relationship with customers and suppliers by bringing them on the pilot journey