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Net Zero Accelerator

Lead the charge to net zero by 2050

An exclusive free project for 24 ambitious Barnsley businesses with high-impact potential to contribute to net zero

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Net Zero Accelerator

The Net Zero Accelerator is a project of free and intensive support available until the end of June 2022 from The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC, designed exclusively for 24 innovative businesses based in the Barnsley region who have high-impact potential for contributing to the net zero carbon emission targets.

One-to-one coaching

Receive bespoke one-to-one support and advice from your dedicated business coach.

In-person workshops

Attend free tailored workshops to gain the latest expert insights and take action.

Peer-to-peer Networks

Collaborate with a like-minded group of 12 inspirational business leaders in Barnsley.

The project will be funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund together with three other projects supported by the Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council (BMBC) including Launchpad Barnsley Start Up delivered by Enterprising Barnsley, Local Business Travel Plans delivered by BMBC and Skills and Employability, delivered by the Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce.

Why should you join the Net Zero Accelerator?

This free tailored project will take your business on an innovation journey to help you:

  • Understand your net zero priorities and how to take action
  • Quickly adapt to increasing government net zero regulations and contractor pressure
  • Gain a competitive edge and boost your reputation as a green business
  • Increase profits, cut production costs and find energy efficient measures
  • Enhance your supply chain credentials by integrating sustainability into procurement
  • Expand your business by developing new innovative solutions to sell into the growing ‘net zero’ market
  • Meet growing consumer demand for environmentally-friendly products and services

Why should your business take net zero action?

In June 2019, the Parliament passed legislation requiring the government to reduce the UK’s net emissions of greenhouse gases by 100% relative to 1990 levels by 2050. Doing so would make the UK a ‘net zero’ emitter.

This led to Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council declaring a climate emergency in September 2019 and have set out their aims to achieve net zero carbon within the council by 2040, and across the borough by 2045.

Businesses must respond to these requirements from both legislation and demand.

What does the Net Zero Accelerator offer?

This project offers a series of in-person workshops, peer-to-peer networking and bespoke one-to-one support for fast growing and ambitious businesses.

Access thought-provoking insights from leading innovation and industry experts to give your business a competitive edge to grow, commercialise and thrive.



Get introduced to your Cohort Facilitator, learn how to make the most of the Net Zero Accelerator and evaluate your business growth and innovation aspirations.


Innovation Support

Build an Action Plan and execute your NET Zero priorities.


Group Training Sessions + Peer Group

Attend comprehensive workshops alongside your peers to gain insights, identify roadblocks, evaluate opportunities and share best practice. Learn, share, grow!


Innovation Coaching

Tailored to your industry and the support your business requires, work one-to-one with a dedicated Net Zero Business Coach to fast-track your results.


Stay on Track

Attend a review meeting with your Local Growth Manager and the Cohort Facilitator. Discuss what’s next for the business and how we can help.

Who is the Net Zero Accelerator for?

This intensive and highly selective free project is designed for ambitious businesses based in the Barnsley region, looking to take immediate action and contribute to net zero directly (emission-reducing) or indirectly (creating net zero solutions and innovations).

Businesses should:

  • be small and medium-sized business
  • be registered in the UK
  • be located in the Barnsley region
  • have a turnover of at least £250k per annum
  • be represented by a decision maker within the business
  • be willing to commit to attend the full project of events and to fully engage with this package of support

What are the Accelerator details?

  • Application deadline for cohort 2: Monday, 31 January 2022
  • Cost: Free to participate
  • Location: The Business Village @BarnsleyBIC, Innovation Way, Barnsley, South Yorkshire, S75 1JL
  • Available to: 24 selected Barnsley based businesses (see criteria above)

Workshop dates:

  • Cohort 1 (1st group of 12 selected businesses) December 2021 – June 2022
  • Cohort 2 (2nd group of 12 selected businesses) February 2022 – June 2022

Express your interest today!

To express your interest for the Net Zero Accelerator, simply follow the link below and complete the form before the application deadline on 31 January 2022.

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If you have a question about the project, or need support completing your expression of interest form, we are happy to help.

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Lead the Charge to Net Zero by 2050 with our Net Zero Accelerator