The funding is via the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership from the European Regional Development Fund.
The grants will contribute a maximum of 35% towards energy saving measures and could be worth £500 to £5,000.
The programme is called Worcestershire Target 2020 – Countdown to a Low Carbon Economy. The programme takes a holistic approach to energy use within a business. One of Severn Wye’s business energy advisors will work closely with each business throughout the process. Each business will have:
Historical energy data analysed.
An onsite energy survey and report produced.
Results of the survey presented to management.
Help creating an action plan broken down in to no cost, low cost and capital cost measures.
Staff energy awareness training.
Help to identify potential installers and quote analysis
Up to 35% funding towards at least two energy saving measures.
Publicity through the programmes dedicated website and case studies.
The project is headed up by Severn Wye’s Senior Business Energy Advisor Matt Williams.
Matt says ’This is great opportunity for businesses in Worcestershire to get help towards financing energy saving projects that will help reduce their running costs’
‘In my experience there is usually a large demand for this type of funding and 200 is only a small percentage of the total number of eligible business in the Worcestershire. So I would recommend people contact us earlier rather than later to avoid disappointment.’
The funding is open to Small and Medium sized businesses based in Worcestershire and Severn Wye will be taking applications from November 1st. The project will run for two years or until the funding is fully allocated