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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 March 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 emissions.

One-to-one coaching

One-to-one coaching

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

In-person workshops

In-person workshops

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

One-to-one coaching

Peer-to-peer Networks

Collaborate with a like-minded group of 12 inspirational SME 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.

Funding approval is expected in mid-September 2021, but Barnsley SMEs can express interest for the Net Zero Accelerator today.

Why should you join the Net Zero Accelerator?

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

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 SMEs.

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

Attend a visioning Orbit session to create a scalable three-year high growth blueprint and build an Innovation Growth Action Plan to execute.


Group Training Sessions + Peer Group

Attend four comprehensive workshops alongside your peers to gain marketing insights, identify roadblocks, evaluate opportunities and test, learn & execute.


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. 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 SMEs 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?

Workshop dates:

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 1 October 2021.

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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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