Six months ago, Encore Environment launched a new business network ‘Enviro Gamechangers Network (EGN)’ to promote environmental best practise throughout the construction industry supply chain. The concept was to empower companies that supply products and services to the construction industry – through collaborative thinking and action – to influence their client’s environmental strategies with a focus on reuse and recycling, waste management, social value and carbon reduction.
This was before anyone really knew how disruptive this year was going to be. However, despite the different challenges we have all faced, we are delighted that EGN members have continued to hold regular virtual meetings to learn, promote and share environmental sustainability expertise and knowledge! We have also welcomed new Gamechangers to the network!
Demonstrating social, economic and environmental value
Rachel Rowley, managing director at Encore Environment and founder of Enviro Gamechangers said: “As a supplier to big players within the industry, a SME can really feel like a small fish in a big pond. With the impact of the pandemic being felt across the industry, procurement departments have not had much choice but to make cost savings where they can. This is driving down supplier margins further and making it really difficult to compete against larger competitors.”
“We hope that being part of EGN is giving companies a great opportunity to discuss ways they can demonstrate measurable value to their clients and prospects in terms of delivering social, economic and environmental improvements, so they are not just be judged on price. This whole value package approach is what many senior decision makers are already aspiring too, and what the frameworks are starting to include.”
Gamechangers working together to make a difference
The Enviro Gamechangers network meets virtually once a month, and in time plans are to have regular in-person socials. During the month, ideas are discussed between the members, plans introduced, and general support is there from other like-minded businesses. Gamechangers is proving how the supply chain is working together to make a difference.
David Collins-Lafferty, marketing manager at Westgate UK said:
“Being a member of the Gamechangers network has given me and Westgate access to a wealth of industry experience and knowledge, enabling us to elevate the sustainability advantages of our Hoardfast product in the construction sector. We have also formed relationships with companies whose products and services help to bolster our offering, further enhancing sustainable approaches on our customers projects.”
“It’s rare that you find a network where the common objective of all companies involved is so closely linked, which is testament to the way that this network has been set up and run, but also testament to the commitment of its members. I’m excited to see what the future holds for the network and its members, which in collaboration are forming a unique offering for the construction industry.”
Rebecca Marsh, sales and marketing manager at RMF Installation & Services Ltd said:
‘Being part of the Gamechangers network has given us a great insight into the fantastic work fellow SME’s are doing in the sustainability space. We have also begun collaborating with fellow members to enhance what we can offer our clients and contractors. I am really looking forward to what the next few months bring for EGN, particularly with sustainability rightly taking a more key focus with clients and contractors.”
Members of EGN all offer sustainable products, reuse and recycling schemes, green technology, and environmental services and consultancy.
Access to EGN is currently by invitation only, however if you would like further information, please contact Lianne Norfolk by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org