A group of senior civil servants from the Government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change will meet with Nottingham businesses this Thursday to hear at first-hand their energy concerns.
The visit, facilitated by the county’s Chamber of Commerce, will see the group meet with representatives of several key local businesses and public sector organisations over a working lunch to discuss the security of energy supply, energy pricing and measures to reduce business energy consumption.
The session, at the Chamber’s NG2 business park offices, will also look at how firms currently interact with energy policy and what local business needs from Government.
The group will then travel to the Nottingham Science Park, where it will round the day off with a visit to Morgan Sindall’s site office, for an overview of the new GSK Zero Carbon building, and to Chinook Energy, for a tour of its facilities.
Chris Hobson, the Chamber’s Head of Information and Representation, said: “This visit will give Chamber members the opportunity to engage directly with civil servants about a range of energy-related issues, as well as giving senior representatives of this key Government department the opportunity to hear at first-hand the current energy issues facing local businesses.
“This agenda is particularly pertinent here in the East Midlands, which is the spine of UK manufacturing and engineering, driven by innovative activity at our universities and a high concentration of advanced manufacturing firms developing new and sustainable technologies and working practices.
“By the end of the day, we hope to provide all of those in attendance with a clear understanding of what the current issues are regarding energy supply and security and also what our members want from Government energy policy.”