The unique business support programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly that builds businesses and enhances the natural environment.
What is Tevi?
Tevi is a partnership between the University of Exeter, Cornwall Council, Cornwall Wildlife Trust and the Cornwall Sustainability Awards. We use circular economy and environmental growth strategies to help businesses improve their processes, save money and benefit Cornwall’s natural environment.Find out more
“Tevi has provided tangible benefits to my business. The engagement was very positive from the start, provoking me to think about ways to grow. Tevi also carried out incredibly useful research into orchards in Cornwall, helping me identify new suppliers. Speaking at an event for five minutes led to growing interest in my products, and I’m looking forward to working with the Business School on a growth strategy.”Mark Rudge of Wasted Apple
Wasted Apple Co Ltd
Wasted Apple don’t like to see apples go to waste. Their unique business model takes waste apples from orchard owners, who are unable to pick or use all the apples themselves, and makes them into delicious Cornish craft cider. In exchange the orchard owners are given some of the cider. As this successful business has grown, they have faced a major challenge – finding more waste apples in Cornwall.
Get in touch.We'll sit down with you and look at the potential ways we can help.
Develop a plan.We'll work with you and put you in touch with the right experts.
Improve business, improve the environment.Use our tools, maps, sensors, networks, research knowledge, data and much more.
Take it forwards.You could apply for a Tevi Grant or Cornwall Sustainability Award, and there are many other ways to work with the University and its partners.
Brand new award for Cornwall Business Awards 2019 on Circular Economy By Stephen Lowe The Cornwall Business Awards is launching a brand-new category for 2019 with business support programme Tevi, targeting businesses who work to reduce the impact of waste in a circular economy. Tevi, which is Cornish for growth, launched in 2018 and aims […]
A New Business Opportunity for Cornwall’s Renewables Sector By Dave Rymer and Anne Velenturf An experienced group of renewables installers and experts gathered last week at Mount Pleasant Eco Park in Porthtowan to consider a major new topic: can business leaders in Cornwall use its status as a hub for renewable energy generation to develop […]
What is circular economy?
Circular economy is about moving away from the prevailing throwaway culture and finding ways to make better use of our resources. A circular economy strives to maintain the value of materials and products for as long as possible, minimise waste and resource use, create new values from products when they reach the end of their life, and reduce negative environmental impacts and instead contribute to environmental growth.
The circular economy increases resource efficiency by closing loops of resource flows. Adopting circular economy practices has direct benefits for companies, such as:
- Greater resource supply security and cost stability
- Access to new markets and sources of income
- Brand protection
- Reduced waste management costs
- Meeting increasingly stringent and sometimes punitive regulations
Half of business leaders in the world are already looking to join the circular economy, from multi-nationals to SMES and new start-ups.
However, embedding circular economy practices into business operations is not without challenges. Knowledge about circular economy and available technologies may be limited, and it can be difficult to find time to inventory the necessary details for an informed decision. Accessing capital for circular economy innovations can also pose a hurdle. Finding customers for waste outputs or reliable suppliers of recovered resources isn’t always straight forward either. Often new collaborations are required when joining the circular economy.
Tevi can support companies to overcome these challenges and help them to capitalise on the business opportunities offered by the circular economy.