The Green Business Network (GBN) helps businesses to reduce their impact on the environment, and aims to build a collaborative environment among businesses to promote and implement sustainable practices.

The GBN brings together like-minded businesses and is part of our ongoing commitment to fostering a sustainable future through collaborative business practices. Through the network, businesses may help each other reduce energy and water consumption, eliminate waste, design products more sustainably, increase biodiversity, manage impact, gain an understanding of connected legal obligations, and put environmental issues at the heart of the business decision-making.

Originally launched in 1998 as an independent charity, management of the Green Business Network was taken over by Cranfield University in 2024. Sustainability has always been an integral part of Cranfield University in terms of both research and education, and we are delighted to become the new home for the Green Business Network.

Quarterly event themes

Agreed through consultation with the members. Examples of topics:

  • Green marketing and communications
  • Energy Management
  • Environmental Auditing
  • COP
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Green Finance
  • Green grants, tax incentives and subsidies
  • Environmental impact assessments
  • Using data to effect environmental improvements

Why should you join?

  • Quarterly themed events with prominent speakers from industry and academia.
  • Learn about the latest green concepts and their effective application in business.
  • A safe space for discussing issues and dilemmas about practical implementation of sustainability concepts keeping financial viability in mind.
  • Networking opportunities with growth-minded sustainability-focussed local businesses.
  • Opportunity to learn from the experiences of other businesses.
  • 20% discount for relevant SME executive education programmes at Cranfield University.
  • Preferential access to MSc student projects at Cranfield University.
  • Preferential access to Cranfield's Sustainability and Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.
  • Opportunity to participate in research projects and access to relevant research output.
  • Access to cutting-edge sustainability research relevant for the business audience.
  • Access to dedicated website through which you may access relevant presentations and publications.

Our membership fees

£499 per year.

Up to two employees from each member business may attend each event. Flexibility to choose different employees to benefit most from respective event theme.

Scholarships: For a limited time, businesses registered in Central Bedfordshire Council can get a full year of membership fully funded.

Upcoming events

VentureDay, 18 June 2024

Members of the Green Business Network are eligible for a free ticket to VentureDay 2024. For more information please contact

11 September 2024

More details to follow.

Register your interest in joining our network