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Southwark high streets beyond waste

Calling Southwark’s high street businesses!

We’re offering support to help you improve your environmental impact and benefit your business, including the opportunity to apply for a grant to trial new ‘beyond waste’ ideas.

Read on for more information, some inspiration and how you can get involved.

What’s on offer?

Thanks to Southwark Council’s Southwark Pioneer Fund, high street businesses are now able to apply for grants of up to £5,000 to try out ideas to ‘go beyond waste’; making better use of ‘stuff’ to benefit the environment AND your business. We also invite applications for up to £10,000 from Southwark’s markets for projects that make it possible for a group of traders to go beyond waste together.

Successful applicants will also receive support from ReLondon’s expert business advisors to bring your ideas to life.

Who is this for?

To be eligible for support, you must fall into one of these high street categories and meet the business eligibility criteria below:

  • 1

    Food and drink
    - eat in

    Businesses that prepare food/drink for customers to consume on the premises e.g.:

    • Pub/bar/taproom
    • Restaurant/diner
    • Café/coffee shop
  • 2

    Food and drink - takeaway

    Businesses that prepare food/drink for customers to take away e.g.:

    • Takeaway shop/kiosk
    • Hot food market stall/van
    • Butcher/baker/deli
  • 3


    Shops with a physical location that sell the following consumer items e.g.:

    • Fashion
    • Homeware
    • Electricals/hardware
    • Grocer/cornershop/
      off licence
  • 4

    High street

    Services accessible to the general public, limited to e.g.:

    • Hairdressers/barbers
    • Beauty/nail salons
    • Drycleaners/tailors/
    • Pharmacies/opticians
  • 5


    Groups of traders looking to work on a joint project, led by one organisation such as a market operator or other business.

Business eligibility requirements

Businesses (or lead applicants for market projects) that fit into the categories above must also:

  • Be a small or medium sized business (fewer than 250 employees)
  • Be a B2C high street business, accessible to the general public
  • Have a physical trading address in the borough of Southwark
  • Be an established business registered on Companies House with a turnover of at least £10,000 in the last financial year

Market projects should include at least 4 market traders to work together. They should also include one lead applicant that meets these criteria who will complete the application and manage the grant if successful.

For more detailed eligibility criteria and examples of excluded businesses, download the application guidance.



What's included

Attend a workshop

Get inspired and generate ideas

  • Explore ideas of how your business can make better use of ‘stuff’ and reduce waste
  • Receive a tailored action plan to guide you when you apply for a grant

Apply for a grant

Make your ideas a reality

  • 15-20 grants of up to £5,000 available (up to £10,000 for market projects)
  • Applications will be open from 17th June-24th July
  • If successful, receive support from a business advisor to make your project a success

Lead the way

Build your profile within Southwark and beyond

Unite with Southwark Council and likeminded, Southwark-based businesses to demonstrate the power of the high street to create a more sustainable city.

Why go ‘beyond waste’?

You may have already considered your energy efficiency but have you ever considered the impact of all the ‘stuff’ that you or your customers buy, make, use and throw away? That could be waste created during food prep, food left on customers’ plates, packaging from supplies, single use takeaway containers, or unloved clothing. All of this contributes to the carbon footprint of your business and also costs money!

Ideas to tackle stuff might include making better new recipes using waste ingredients, offering reusable packaging or product refills, repairing clothes or electricals, upcycling homeware, renting jewellery or clothing, or sharing space and equipment, to name just a few!

By taking these steps within your high street business, you can reduce costs, create new revenue and attract sustainably minded customers. All while reducing the impact your business has on the environment.

Need some ideas?

‘Business beyond waste’ workshop – 26th June

Sign up for this workshop to take a deep dive into your business and identify the biggest wins when it comes to making better use of stuff. Afterwards, receive a bespoke action plan that could form the basis for your ‘High streets beyond waste’ grant application.

More inspiration

  • Browse our quick guides to find businesses offering solutions that can help you go beyond waste
  • Browse inspirational case studies from other businesses who are tackling ‘stuff’
  • Follow the circular businesses in our community on Instagram: @ReLondon_CircularChamps

Register now for our 'Business Beyond Waste' workshop to learn how you might use a high streets beyond waste grant in your business

““ReLondon has opened our eyes to how much hairdressers chuck into the bin and got us to turn around completely, and it's absolutely incredible how much we can recycle.” ”

Miranda Alund, Barhairink

What’s happening when

17 June

Grant applications open

26 June

Business beyond waste workshop

24 July

Deadline for applications

Sep 2024

Successful grantees notified

Sep-Dec 2024

Projects delivered

Jan 2025

Programme wrap up and celebration

Click the button below to complete your application for a Southwark high streets beyond waste grant

This support is funded by Southwark Council’s ‘Southwark Pioneer Fund’ and supported by ReLondon’s business transformation team which is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

High streets beyond waste: Grants (applications closed)