16th April 2024

Focus North is delighted to announce the first round of its Net Zero Accelerator programme. With the support of NRS Dounreay, Focus North can offer 15 fully-funded places to small and medium enterprises in Caithness and north Sutherland.

Outcomes include:

  •  12 months dedicated 1:1 help and support
  • UK Government (SECR) carbon accreditation
  • Audited carbon accounts
  • Credible SECR Carbon Reduction Plan (CRP)
  • Membership of the Focus North Net Zero Accelerator

About the Accelerator

Focus North has commissioned award-winning social enterprise Net Zero Nation to deliver this Accelerator for our region.

Thanks to the support of NRS Dounreay, we are able to offer this programme free of charge to local businesses.

The first cohort is now open for applications, and we are looking for 15 businesses representing a variety of sectors, business types and sizes. Collaboration across the cohort is a valuable part of the programme, and we look forward to seeing what businesses learn, and how they leverage it for commercial advantage.

The programme structure looks like this:

Onboard – set-up, software licensing, meet the team

Welcome – meet your accelerator peers

Master – learn about carbon accounting, standards and compliance

Measure – 1:1 support with a carbon expert

Manage – share your Carbon Reduction Plan

Momentum – build competitive advantage, take Net Zero to market, discover toolbox

Maintain – review progress and plan for future

Review – share and discuss progress with accelerator group

Evaluate – look back on the year, review effectiveness, celebrate

These sessions will take place both online and on-site, with timings agreed. There is flexibility built into the programme and support for delivery, but Accelerators must commit to the course and allow sufficient time to benefit from it.


Applications now open

Focus North encourages applications from SMEs in the north Highland area.

For more information or to request an application form, please email netzeronation@focusnorth.scot

The closing date for applications is Monday 6 May 2024.

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