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Wales SME Taskforce – Climate Issues Affecting SMEs in Wales


As part of a new series to support SMEs with information around net zero, and the potential benefits they can gain from taking action, Business News Wales hosted a virtual discussion with members of the Wales SME Taskforce, a collaboration convened by NatWest to ensure we have a forum to discuss climate issues affecting SMEs in Wales, and to work together to support our SME community.

Hosted by former first minister Carwyn Jones, guests included Ben Cottam, Head of Wales – FSB, Sue Husband, Director BITC Cymru, Lloyd Powell, Head of ACCA Cymru, Kevin Morgan, Senior Director, Business Banking, NatWest Cymru, David ap-John Williams, National Contract Manager, Business Wales and Dr Karolina Rucinska, Sustainability Advisor, Cynnal Cymru/Sustain Wales.

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SMEs have a key role to play in decarbonisation – as well as plenty to gain in potential business growth as a result.

But with pressures including rising energy prices, global supply-chain issues and a challenging labour market, SMEs are facing tighter cash flows and many fear for the future of their businesses.

And that’s leading to many SMEs seeing carbon reduction as a problem for another day.

The Wales SME Climate Taskforce is a collaboration which aims to help SMEs see climate action as a priority and a key part of resilience planning, and to signpost them to support which could help them to take action and to unlock the potential benefits.

The Taskforce Made up of representatives of ACCA Cymru, Business Wales, BITC Cymru, British Business Bank, Cynnal Cymru/Sustain Wales, FSB Wales, and NatWest Cymru


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