London’s small and medium-sized businesses are ignored when it comes to initiatives to encourage them to buy green according to a report published by the London Assembly.
The report, ‘Buying recycled’ by the Assembly’s Environment Committee, reveals that the London Development Agency (LDA) and London Remade concentrate on encouraging large businesses to buy recycled products.
However the overwhelming majority of of London firms have fewer than 50 employees and an estimated turnover of almost £200 billion.
There is little information or advice for small and medium sized enterprises on buying recycled, and products available are limited and expensive.
The report says there is a need for a one-stop shop to make it easier for smaller firms to access information and guidance.
Darren Johnson AM, Chair of the Committee said: “It is totally unacceptable for the Mayor, LDA and London Remade to focus only on large firms – that’s the easy option.
We want a proper marketing campaign aimed at small and medium-sized businesses that are willing but not able to buy recycled. London stands to gain so much and it is inconceivable that the Mayor has ignored this sector up to now.”
The report also calls for London Remade to establish a buying group to negotiate with suppliers on behalf of smaller firms.