Heroes of Net Zero Competition

Are you a Hero of Net Zero? As part of the UK Government’s Together for our Planet campaign, we want to celebrate the small businesses taking the most innovative action to go green and cut their own greenhouse gas emissions to  become a net zero business by 2050!

Share and describe the actions your business has been taking for a chance to attend the crucial COP26 climate conference in Glasgow and win an exclusive prize package to help develop and grow your business.
The best entries will be judged by a panel of experts including the government’s net zero champion Andrew Griffiths. The top five shortlisted in each category will be invited to a special Heroes for Net Zero event at COP26 on 2 November in Glasgow.

 

Who can take part?

You must be a small business based in the United Kingdom with 50 employees or under.
Winners will be judged in two categories:

  • Micro – 1-9 employees
  • Small – 10-50 employees

You must make a public commitment to become a Net Zero business by 2050
Find out more about the commitment

How to enter?

Firstly, make sure you have made the public commitment on the UK Business Climate Hub.

Commit now

Then, simply fill out the competition form and upload a photo that best showcases the action you are taking to reduce your own greenhouse gas emissions.

Enter now

 

Prize package

The best entries will be invited to attend the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow on November 2, where the winners will be announced and receive an exclusive prize package worth £4,500:

  • 21 hours consultancy with an Energy Manager and one-year free access to ‘Business Energy Intelligence’ energy management platform, worth £3,500, from SSE
  • Six hours of bespoke mentoring with a NatWest Enterprise Manager from its Climate Accelerator programme, helping winning businesses gain climate friendly skills in accessing new markets to attracting talent, and
  • Up to £1,000 in vouchers to access a brand-new digital advertising support package from BT to grow your business.

 

Terms and conditions

By entering the Heroes for Net Zero competition entrants accept these terms and conditions together with any specific instructions and terms for such competition which may be mentioned in any electronic messages, or on the website, or communicated to entrants in any other way (“competition information”). Such competition information shall prevail in the event of there being any inconsistency between these competition terms and conditions and any competition information.
The Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) may cancel or amend any competition, competition information, or these terms and conditions without prior notice. Any changes will be posted either within the competition information or these terms and conditions.
Personal data:  
Personal data collected will be shared with judges and partners as part of the judging process only and will be used for the purposes of contacting you as part of the competition. More information on the BEIS Privacy Policy can be found here Information on the SME Climate HUB website Privacy Policy can be found here on the SME Climate Hub website.
Competition Entry and eligibility:
The competition will launch on 9 September 2021. It will close at 23.59pm on 6 October 2021. Any entries received before the opening and after the closing of the competition will be invalid and will not be entered into the competition.
To enter the competition: you must enter online on the SME climate HUB website and complete the competition application form by the closing date.
The competition is open to all UK small businesses with 50 employees or under. The application must be made by a person authorised to do so on behalf of the business. BEIS may ask competition winners for proof of the company being registered in the UK, Vat number, UK residency of the authorised business representative. If a competition winner is unable to provide the requested information to BEIS’s satisfaction, BEIS reserves the right to select an alternative winner.
Entrants must own a UK small business with 50 employees or under and must make a public commitment to become a Net Zero business by 2050 at https://businessclimatehub.org/uk/.
Employees and members of their immediate families (including any live-in partner or household member) of any of the following may not enter:
BEIS, any company involved in the organisation, management, promotion, or administration of the competition or its entry routes or donation of prizes or their agents or subsidiaries; any company involved in any capacity in the sponsorship of a competition or competition prize.
By entering the competition entrants warrant that all information submitted by them is true, current, and complete. Entrants also warrant that they are the copyright owners of any copyright works submitted, and BEIS use of such works (which you will permit) will not infringe the rights of any third party.
Only one competition entry can be submitted per business by an authorised representative of the business.
No entrance fee or purchase is required to enter the competition.
Entry to the competition may only be made via the application form on the website.
Any entries which are incomplete, incorrect, or not received by BEIS will be void.
BEIS reserves the right to reject any entries that are incomplete, incomprehensible, damaged or otherwise deficient. BEIS also reserve the right to reject entries that are unlawful, indecent, racist, inflammatory, defamatory or which we consider to be otherwise harmful.
BEIS cannot enter into correspondence with entrants who experience difficulties with entering online.
In the event of any fault, mistake, misunderstanding or dispute concerning the correctness or acceptability of the entry or any answers given by entrants (if applicable), or the operation of any part of the competition network system, the decision of BEIS shall be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
BEIS will not be liable to reimburse expenses incurred in making an entry in any competition.
BEIS may wish to use your photos and information provided as part of the application in other promotional materials, but we would seek your permission before doing so.
BEIS may require winners to take part in publicity after the judging.
Prize:
BEIS reserve the right (when reasonably required to do so) to replace the stated prizes with prizes that BEIS consider to be of broadly equivalent value. BEIS offer no cash alternative for non-cash prizes and prize winners must accept prizes in the form offered.
All prizes are subject to availability, non-transferable and non-exchangeable.
BEIS makes no representation or warranty in relation to prizes provided and to the fullest extent permitted by law. BEIS shall have no liability to business in relation to any prize, its fitness for purpose, merchantability or otherwise.
No additional, further or other costs or expenses are included in any prize.
The prizes for the winner of each category:
BT will provide a £1,000 voucher to use on a brand-new digital advertising solution which aims to help businesses promote their business online. This solution is due to be launched and available nationwide around November 2021. The vouchers provided by BT will be subject to Terms & Conditions and must be used within 3 months of signing up to use the digital advertising solution. Use of the digital advertising solution is subject to separate Terms & Conditions.
SSE Energy Solutions (SSE) will provide 21 hours consultancy with an energy manager and one-year free access to the Business Energy intelligence (BEI) energy management platform, worth up to £3,500. This BEI online tool enables businesses to measure, manage and forecast their energy usage, helping to identify ways to reduce consumption and cut carbon footprint. BEI requires the winner to have a compatible smart or half-hourly meter which provides meter data to SSE.   If the winner does not have a meter which is compatible for BEI, an energy manager will review the winner’s energy bills for an additional three-hour consultancy.  SSE provides no warranties or guarantees and excludes all liability with respect to the prize, or any information provided as part of the consultancy or on the BEI online tool. SSE terms and conditions apply to the use of BEI and consultancy services and will be communicated to the winner.
NatWest will provide six hours of mentoring with an Enterprise Manager from its Climate Accelerator programme. The bespoke one to one mentoring could help your business gain knowledge and skills to access new markets and growth funding, attract talent, developc leadership and a scalable infrastructure in a climate friendly way. The Enterprise Manager will track your business’ progress against agreed goals throughout the mentoring programme.
  1. The prizes are as specified in the competition information. Winners will not be obliged to purchases goods or services from the suppliers.
Competition Steps
  1. The winner of the prize will be determined through a selection process based on the innovative ideas showcased. The selection process will be in three stages:
    • Applications received by 23.59 on 6 October 2021.
    • BEIS policy professionals will shortlist the best ten businesses in each category
    • These will go to a judging panel including Andrew Griffiths MP and representatives from BT, NatWest and SSE Energy Solutions to select the top 5, winners and two runners up in each category
  2. The Top 5 in each category selected by the judging panel will all be invited to attend a special event at COP26 in Glasgow on 2 November.
  3. Travel expenses (second class, return train ticket for 2 people per business only) to Glasgow will be covered for the top 5 shortlisted in each category. Accommodation costs will not be covered.
  4. BEIS will attempt to notify the winner within 31 days after the closing date, or as otherwise indicated in the competition information. The successful business will be using the email address provided on the permission form when entering the competition. The winner will have a specified fixed time period in which to claim his or her prize on behalf of the business. If BEIS is unable to notify the winner, or if the winner fails to respond within the fixed time period as specified and/or provide an address for delivery of the prize, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and BEIS reserves the right to select an alternative winner in accordance with these terms and conditions and the competition information.
  5. BEIS may in its sole discretion refuse to provide a prize, or seek its recovery, in the event of non-entitlement under these terms or an entrant’s breach of these terms, fraud, dishonesty, or other inappropriate or improper conduct including but not limited to the use of technology which enables an entrant to evade charges or entry requirements.
  6. Any entrant who enters or attempts to enter the Competition in a manner, which in BEIS’s determination is contrary to these terms and conditions or by its nature is unfair to other entrants may be removed from the Competition at BEIS’s sole discretion.
  7. BEIS reserves the right to modify, cancel, terminate or suspend the Competition in whole or in part, at its sole discretion, if it believes the Competition is not capable of being conducted as specified in these terms and conditions or in the event of any other cause that is beyond the reasonable control of BEIS that could corrupt or affect the administration, security, impartiality, or normal course of the Competition.
Winners:
  1. The decision of the judging is final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.
  2. BEIS will attempt to notify the winner as soon as practicable after the closing date, or as otherwise indicated in the competition information. He/she/the business will be contacted on the email address provided on the permission form when entering the competition.
  3. The prize may not be claimed by a third party on your behalf.
  4. The winner will have a specified fixed time period in which to claim the prize. If BEIS is unable to notify the winner, or if the winner fails to respond within the fixed time period as specified and/or provide an address for delivery of the prize, this may result in forfeiture of the prize and BEIS reserves the right to select an alternative winner in accordance with these terms and conditions and the competition information.
  5. The first name and surname/ representative of the business and the name of the winning business may be published by BEIS. Entrants grant BEIS a non-exclusive licence to use and publish their entry in any media for the purpose of announcing the winner.
  6. BEIS does not accept any responsibility if you are not able to take up the prize.
 PHOTOGRAPHS
  1. If a Competition requires entrants to submit a photograph to enter or participate in a Competition:
  2. entrants warrant that they are the person in the photograph and/or they have prior consent from all persons in the photograph to submit it as part of their entry;
  3. entrants agree that we have the right to publish and communicate to the public the photographs in any media without restriction or limitation throughout the world and not only for the purposes of the Competition;
  4. entrants acknowledge that we may edit the photographs in our sole discretion;
  5. entrants agree that we have the right to use names, likenesses and other personal information submitted in conjunction with the photograph;
  6. entrants agree not to bring any actions, suits, claims and demands against us in respect of defamation or any infringement or violation of any personal and/or property rights of any sort from our use of their photograph;
  7. entrants unconditionally waive their right to seek or obtain an injunction to prevent or restrict our use of the photographs; and
  8. entrants aged under 18 shall have obtained the consent of a parent or a guardian (and will provide us with the contact details we need should we wish to verify this).
By entering our Competitions all entrants:
  1. assign to us all rights (including present and future copyright) in their entry and their publicity materials in all media (including, without limitation, the internet) and whether in existence now or created in the future;
  2. agree not to assert any moral rights in respect of their entry and the publicity materials (wherever and whenever such rights are recognised) against the BTA, its assigns, licensees and successors in title;
  3. undertake to us that their entry is not in breach of any third party intellectual property rights and will not contain anything, which is defamatory, indecent, harassing or threatening and that they will indemnify us for any loss, damage or liability arising should this turn out not to be true. If relevant, we reserve the right, but not the obligation (and without limiting entrants’ warranty and indemnity as set out above), to screen, filter and/or monitor information provided by the entrant and to edit, refuse to distribute or remove the same;
  4. Confirm that they have the right, power and authority to grant the rights set out above and that they have obtained all consents and permissions necessary to grant us the same.
  5. For the avoidance of doubt, all rights in the name and title of the Competition and the format rights for the Competition are our sole property and we may exploit the same at our absolute discretion.

Privacy Notice

This notice sets out how we will use your personal data, and your rights. It is made under Articles 13 and/or 14 of the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR).
YOUR DATA
We will process the following personal data:
Details of competition entrant as set out on the entry form, specifically:
  • Contact name, email address and telephone number
  • Any photography supplied
Other data collected will include:
  • Business name, address, sector, number of employees
 
Purpose
 
We are processing your personal data for the purposes of the Together for our Planet Competition.
Legal basis of processing
The legal basis for processing your personal data is:
Consent: You consent to us doing so.
Recipients
Personal data collected will be shared with judges and partners as part of the judging process only and will be used for the purposes of contacting you as part of the competition. For more information, please see competition terms and conditions above.
To enter the competition: you must enter online on the SME Climate Hub website and complete the competition application form by the closing date. More information on SME’s privacy policy can be found on the SME Climate Hub website.
We may share your data if we are required to do so by law, for example by court order or to prevent fraud or other crime.
As your personal data will be stored on our IT infrastructure it will also be shared with our data processors Microsoft and Amazon Web Services.
Retention
 
Your personal data will be kept by us for as long as it may be relevant and for a maximum of three (3) years.
Automated decision making
 
Your personal data will not be subject to the following automated decision making.
Your rights
You have the right to request information about how your personal data are processed, and to request a copy of that personal data.
You have the right to request that any inaccuracies in your personal data are rectified without delay.
You have the right to request that any incomplete personal data are completed, including by means of a supplementary statement.
You have the right to request that your personal data are erased if there is no longer a justification for them to be processed.
You have the right in certain circumstances (for example, where accuracy is contested) to request that the processing of your personal data is restricted.
You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data where it is processed for direct marketing purposes.
You have the right to object to the processing of your personal data.
You have the right to withdraw consent to the processing of your personal data at any time. If you wish to exercise that right, please email: [email protected]
International transfers
 
As your personal data is stored on our IT infrastructure and shared with our data processors Microsoft and Amazon Web Services, it may be transferred and stored securely in the UK and European Economic Area. Where it is the case that your personal data is stored outside the UK and EEA it will be subject to equivalent legal protection through the use of Model Contract Clauses
 
Complaints
If you consider that your personal data has been misused or mishandled, you may make a complaint to the Information Commissioner, who is an independent regulator.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
0303 123 1113
[email protected]
Any complaint to the Information Commissioner is without prejudice to your right to seek redress through the courts.
 
Contact details
The data controller for your personal data is the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS).
You can contact the BEIS Data Protection Officer at: BEIS Data Protection Officer, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, 1 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0ET. Email: [email protected].