The fourth in a series of free events exploring opportunities within Nottingham’s emerging clean technology sector takes place on Wednesday 9 March.

Sponsored by Nottingham City Council, the CleanTech Business Network is hosting six events this year to promote and support Nottingham’s clean tech economy.

The recent severe storms and floods that affected many parts of the UK demonstrated the increasing impacts of climate change on our local environment. This event considers how we will need to adapt our approach to building design while developing more effective flood risk management solutions ranging from flood protection products and services through to rainwater harvesting systems.

This event features presentations from: –

  • Environment Agency – Paul Lockhart will give an overview of the changing nature of the threat, business continuity planning, and the benefits to business of building in flood resilience to business infrastructure. He will also discuss the potential economic opportunities arising from a more pro-active approach to flood risk management.
  • StormSaver – Michael and Lisa Farnsworth who established Stormsaver in 2003, which has since created rainwater harvesting systems for more than 1500 commercial buildings and homes in the UK. The Stormsaver systems help the environment by recycling rainwater and reducing utility costs and are manufactured at the company’s new headquarters in Hockerton, Notts.
  • Flood Protection Solutions Ltd – Simon Crowther was inspired to start his own business when his family home flooded. Flood Protection Solutions, based in Colwick, are the distributors of Water-Gate barriers a unique portable, reusable barrier system which can be rolled out in minutes and uses the weight of the flood water to create a barrier. Simon has since sold thousands of metres of the product to clients across the UK including the Environment Agency and Emergency Services.

Councillor Jane Urquhart, Portfolio Holder for Planning and Housing. said:  “The effects of flooding can be devastating. It can cause people to be displaced from their homes for several months, cause major disruption to transport and have significant impacts for the local economy. With a changing climate and the predicted increase in rainfall events it is important that the Council works closely with other organisations and takes a long-term and strategic approach to flood risk management.  The Clean Tech events are a great way of bringing like-minded organisations and people together to share ideas and get new ideas off the ground.”

Event organiser Neil Horsley of CleanTech Business Ltd, said: “This event will consider how we can better protect our homes and businesses from the increasing threat of floods together with the business opportunities being created for local companies through the use of more sophisticated water management measures.”

The event is at Nottingham Sustainability & Enterprise Centre, New College, Basford Hall, Stockhill Lane, NG6 0NB

For a place at this event please register here Flood and water management event

The event is sponsored by Nottingham City Council and The D2N2 Growth Hub.

Future events will cover themes such as smart cities, local energy companies, innovation and energy from waste.

For further information about Clean Tech events contact:

Neil Horsley
CleanTech Business Ltd

Antenna Centre, Beck Street, Nottingham, NG1 1EQ

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For further information please contact Ruth Stallwood, Nottingham City Council Communications Team, on 0115 876 2900 or by email at