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 Development Company. 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
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.
You may already be familiar with Packshare from our case study here. As online sales have grown over the years, so too has the issue of waste packaging (especially given that some of the largest online marketplaces still have a tendency to over-package!). Most of us have amassed a pile of boxes at some point […]
Tevi has been working over the last year to support the growth of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in many sectors across Cornwall through the adoption of Circular Economic approaches. Food and the Circular Economy – South West is an EPSRC-funded research project. Since November 2016 the project has been exploring the challenges and opportunities […]
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.