Cambridgeshire businesses are being encouraged to take action to reduce their energy usage and make cost savings with support from a new project.
The Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge and Peterborough (BEECP) programme has money available from the European Regional Development Fund to help small and medium sized eligible businesses improve their energy efficiency. BEECP is being delivered in partnership between the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), Groundwork and Nwes.
The programme offers two support packages designed to help businesses reduce carbon and save money.
Firstly, BEECP can provide businesses with a free independent energy efficiency audit which aims to identify, prioritise and quantify opportunities for cost and carbon savings that will benefit your business.
Grant funding is also available from the project to help businesses invest in capital projects and implement energy efficiency measures. Applying for funding is simple and businesses are guided through the process by the BEECP team.
“We’re excited to be launching this fantastic opportunity to organisations throughout the Greater Cambridge and Greater Peterborough Local Enterprise Partnership area,” says PECT’s CEO Carly Leonard. “With this new project, we can help support businesses to become more energy efficient and save money through doing so.”
Antony Gough, BEECP Project Manager, said: “Since we launched the BEECP programme in early 2017, we have already begun to work with businesses across the area to help them understand their energy usage and where they can make improvements to efficiency and costs.
“Improving energy efficiency makes good business sense and can bring many positive impacts; for example reduced operating costs, competitiveness, business growth and resilience.
“Our area is one of only a select few in the country where small and medium sized enterprises can benefit from this type of funding, so I’d recommend any business that thinks it might be eligible to get in touch with us and take advantage of the support which is available. Signing up is simple and our dedicated team will help every step of the way.”
To find out more about the programme, including if your business is eligible, please visit www.beecp.co.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01733 882549.
About Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough:
The Business Energy Efficiency Cambridge & Peterborough programme (BEECP) aims to provide support and grants to small businesses to help catalyse investment in energy efficiency initiatives, to reduce carbon emissions and realise the associated business benefits including; reduced operating costs, increased competitiveness, business growth and resilience.
The project is offering two strands of support to help businesses improve energy efficiency:
Energy Reviews - A fully funded on-site review to help identify, prioritise and quantify opportunities for cost and carbon savings for businesses. Additional support will be available to help businesses identify specific solutions and products, with detailed feasibility studies as required.
Capital Grants - Qualifying businesses may be able to apply for a capital grant – up to a maximum of 25% or £20,000, whichever is the lower - to help catalyse investment in products and solutions that will reduce energy use.
The project is bringing together experienced organisations and energy efficiency practitioners, led by the charity Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), and delivered in partnership with Nwes and Groundwork. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). For more information, visit www.beecp.co.uk.
European Regional Development Fund
The project is receiving up to £1,368,576 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for ERDF. Established by the European Union ERDF funds help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
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