Beyond Procurement is an award-winning consultancy based in West Sussex that helps businesses reduce costs whilst cutting their carbon footprint. The company was awarded a LoCASE Business Development grant. We spoke to David Robertson, Marketing Manager of Beyond Procurement, to find out more.

Describe what your business does:

We are first and foremost a procurement consultancy service and have developed a net zero offering called ZERO. This is a seven-step roadmap to guide businesses along their net zero journey, but it’s the people side, the human interaction, that’s key to getting them started. We combine the net zero element with the cost-of-living crisis, because that’s the reality of today. So whichever way you (a customer) comes in, the consultancy work we do will tend to reduce both carbon and cost.

What was the LoCASE Grant spent on?

LoCASE helped us develop our new brand identity and create a better website. It helped with our wider presence and engagement too.

The LoCASE support is also helping us to scale and communicate the ZERO service to a much wider audience. ZERO is a certified, 12 month support programme with sustainability consultants to help businesses become carbon neutral and create a net zero strategic report and action plan.

What impact will the money have on your business?

This will allow us to scale. We developed our USP (unique selling proposition) and can now communicate our offer more efficiently across many more sectors than we had envisioned. It opened up new markets to us.

How was the process of getting the grant and the support from the Green Growth team?

Working with the team has been fabulous. I have a track record of delivering public sector grants, so it was quite straight forward for me to complete the application and understand the dynamics of what LoCASE were looking for.

It helped us extend our offer, we recently won a contract in Winchester, with Winchester City Council with many more in the pipeline. In Winchester, we are an added layer in-between the business community and the LoCASE offering, giving that essential human touch. We believe that it was our low cost, low carbon offer combined with our knowledge and experience of grants, that won us the contract. We are now helping businesses in the Winchester district access LoCASE funding too.

Would you recommend LoCASE to other businesses?

Yes, I would!

Beyond Procurement have rebranded from Meercat Associates. They launched the new brand on 22 September 2022 at the Big Sustainability Show in Southampton.