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New webinar series running from Monday 21 March aims to help Welsh businesses realise their Green Ambition

Business Wales is set to help companies take simple and practical steps towards tackling the green agenda with a free webinar on 22 March looking at Deposit Return Schemes (DRS).

This session which takes place between 4pm and 5pm will look at the impact of the DRS on UK retailers and businesses.

In a DRS, consumers are charged an additional deposit fee when they purchase a drink in a single-use container. This deposit acts as an incentive to support recycling – it is redeemed when the consumer returns the empty container to a return point – in order to cut marine pollution.

The deposit return scheme is due to be in place in England, Wales and Northern Ireland sometime after late 2024.

The event can be booked at:

The green agenda is becoming an ever more important issue for businesses as employees increasingly demand high standards from the companies for which they work. Indeed, recent research from Anthesis found that 40% of UK workers were disappointed by the lack of effort and resources put into sustainability by their employer, while customers – and even suppliers – seek out companies with good sustainability credentials.

David apJohn Williams, National Contracts Manager, Business Wales said:

“While Wales is already doing incredible things in this area, we know that many businesses haven’t taken any actions yet, and some who have started are still somewhat unsure how to make further significant changes.”

During the session, industry experts Valpak will introduce the Deposit Return Schemes and provide an update on how they will be implemented and run across the UK, focusing on retailers who may be required to offer take-back of drinks packaging and businesses interested in the implications on plastics, glass and aluminium drinks packaging recycling.

Attendees will gain an understanding of the time frame for implementation milestones; get an update on the most recent discussions had at a high level concerning the DRS; an receive an explanation of how DRS could work in the UK working and its impact.

The interactive session will feature the option to pose questions via chat and a Q&A with a Valpak expert and Business Wales Resource Efficiency experts.

Attendees will have the option to book a 1-2-1 consultation with Valpak or a Business Wales Resource Efficiency experts.

The sessions form part of the Green Ambition Webinar Series, running from Monday 21 March to Friday 25 March 2022, which aims to give businesses the tools to work more sustainably and understand and emphasise the benefits of circular models and moving away from a wasteful culture.

Other events in the series will cover: product design and innovation; measuring impact and sustainability skills; and market developments and decarbonisation.

David added:

“We encourage businesses of all sizes to engage with our Green Ambition series and take advantage of our 1-1 consultancy offer to create a bespoke green action plan. It’s a fact that some businesses will only work with those who can demonstrate their green commitments, so it’s in your best interest to start making these changes sooner rather than later, as otherwise there’s a danger you’ll get left behind.”


The Welsh Government’s Business Wales service supports new and established businesses in Wales.

Whether you’re thinking about starting a new business, have already taken the first few steps or want to grow your current business, we can help.

Business Wales supports the sustainable growth of small and medium size enterprises across the country by offering access to information, guidance and business support including:

– Starting up and business planning
– Finance
– Marketing
– Skills and training
– IT
– Business ideas and innovation


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