Network Launch for KEG Companies

A group of West Country companies from Devon to Somerset and Bristol gathered recently for the first network meeting of businesses involved in the £750,000 Knowledge Exchange at Genesis (KEG) project, held at Somerset College in Taunton.

The companies have all signed up to KEG, which aims to help businesses in the South West develop knowledge and expertise in sustainable construction and green technology. It is funded by the South West European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and South West Regional Development Agency, as well as partners Somerset College, which is leading the project in the region, Weymouth College, City of Bristol College, City College Plymouth, and University of Plymouth.


The networking event was the first since the project was launched, aiming to help companies interested in the green economy forge links with complementary members across the region. Members also heard a talk by Lucy Pedler, Director of the Bristol based The Green Register, one of the UK’s leading organisations promoting sustainable building practices and providing unique industry-led training events.

KEG will also be a regional learning resource for businesses in the South West, providing tangible, practical learning and acting as a conduit between education and the business community.

The partner colleges will ensure the transfer of knowledge about sustainable construction and green technologies from education to businesses, and also work to understand business needs and best practice so that young people in college gain appropriate skills for a green economy.

Trevor Payne, Knowledge Broker for the KEG project, aims to sign up at least 75 companies throughout the region as KEG members, and is well on target with over 30 so far.

Nigel Howells, Head of ERDF Competitiveness said: “A priority of European funding is to support the development of green practices in the South West and this project means businesses can benefit from one another by sharing best practice and knowledge. We look forward to seeing how this aids businesses in the future.”