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29 June 2015

Green Triangle Launches in Hertfordshire

The Green Triangle, a partnership formed through a collaboration of leading research, education and local government organisations, BRE, Rothamsted Research, University of Hertfordshire, St Albans City & District Council and Oaklands College was launched on the 21st May 2015 and announced ambitious plans for an internationally influential centre of excellence for green technology. With an immediate aim to support green sector Hertfordshire businesses in start-up, growth and acceleration, The Green Triangle unveiled products and services available to companies who become associated with the organisation.

The Green Triangle, a partnership formed through a collaboration of leading research, education and local government organisations, BRE, Rothamsted Research, University of Hertfordshire, St Albans City & District Council and Oaklands College was launched on the 21st May 2015 and announced ambitious plans for an internationally influential centre of excellence for green technology. With an immediate aim to support green sector Hertfordshire businesses in start-up, growth and acceleration, The Green Triangle unveiled products and services available to companies who become associated with the organisation.

Comprising a cluster of environmental research, engineering, education, science and technology businesses, the Green Triangle will be based in Hertfordshire and supported by local organisations', says Tara Clark, Green Triangle Business Development Manager 'but will undertake research and business activities designed to have far wider impacts and benefits.'

'The Green Triangle partners already have an annual research spend of over £100 million and employ more than 1,500 skilled research staff,' says BRE Director Guy Hammersley. 'But with the support of local partners (AECOM, and St Albans District Chamber of Commerce) we aim to do much more to enhance skills, create jobs and bring in investment across the county and beyond.'

The target is to establish 3000 green technology jobs across Hertfordshire (with an emphasis on young people), double the research spend from £100 to £200 million and provide an environment in which 100 small green technology businesses can flourish. A range of products and services will be offered to support the start-up, growth and acceleration of green sector businesses, and help other companies to operate more sustainably.
Speaking at the launch Cllr. Julian Daly, Leader of St Albans City Council and Chair of the Green Triangle said 'We want to build on Hertfordshire's reputation as a global research centre of excellence in green technology and contribute to our nation's economic growth, attract inward investment and create jobs'.

The Green Triangle will work to attract and retain skills and talent in environmental research and its application, provide the necessary infrastructure to link green research, science, engineering and technology enterprises, and help new businesses associated with green enterprise to grow.

Any size or sector company operating in Hertfordshire can become a member of the Green Triangle. Green sector companies qualify for membership automatically, and those outside of the green industries must simply demonstrate sustainability, or the desire to become more sustainable or environmentally friendly. Members have full access to all Green Triangle products, services, offers and discounts.

'We plan to develop a green technology enterprise hub that will boost the Hertfordshire economy, but also contribute to wider economic growth in the UK," says Chris Dunkley of agricultural research station, Rothamsted Research. "Much of the work done by the Green Triangle's partners and supporters has national and international breadth, and often their brands are as well known outside the UK as here. We will help SMEs and other organisations in the green arena to export the best of British to other countries.'

Zoe Hancock Principal of Oaklands College said 'The Green Triangle initiative will ultimately make Hertfordshire a better place to live, work and learn in. We will be doing new and exciting things here that will make the rest of the UK sit up and take notice. It will be great for local people but will have national benefits.

Application forms and further information is available through the website at: www.thegreentriangle.org



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