GREEN businesses generated £250,000 of sales after a one-day eco- conference right here in Huddersfield.

The event at the University of Huddersfield showcased environmental and sustainable businesses and technology to over 360 delegates.

The event was organised by Kirklees Council’s Green Business Network.

Local environmentally-focussed companies exhibited for free at the event and £250,000 of sales were generated in just one day.

Over 95% of stallholders said that attending the event had generated new business opportunities.

Jim Porter, environmental business adviser from the Green Business Network, said: "The Eco-Fair is thought to be the biggest free environmental business event in the North of England.

"It was a huge success and put local businesses in touch with companies who could help them reduce the costs associated with waste disposal and energy use, and inform them of the considerable benefits of installing renewable energy technologies.

"Local businesses can reduce costs and their carbon footprint through simple changes to the way they dispose of rubbish and use lighting, compressed air, motors and heating."

The event was sponsored by CO2sense – a subsidiary of Yorkshire Forward – dedicated to helping businesses and organisations across the region prepare for the challenges of climate change, and pursue long-term growth.

Seminars gave delegates advice on saving energy, waste reduction and renewable energy solutions from industry experts. They were also able to book one-to-one advice sessions where specific queries could be answered in greater detail.

Clr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "I am delighted to see how successful this event has been.

"It has been an invaluable opportunity for Kirklees companies to share knowledge and information on good environmental business practices."

For more information on the event, or the free environmental help and advice available for Kirklees companies, contact Jim Porter on 01484 221660 or email jim.porter@kirklees.