A Redditch business is one of a number of businesses to have benefited from the first Business Energy Efficiency Programme Grant round, set up to help lower running costs and promote energy efficient businesses.
Kirkfield, based in Redditch have been awarded £7,557 for a factory heating system and new compressor, which combined will divert 30 tonnes of greenhouse gases and save over £5,000 per year.
Worcestershire County Council along with its partners Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Herefordshire Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and the Worcestershire Districts were awarded £1.45 million funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government's European Regional Development Fund to help small and medium-sized businesses.
Director Lisa Flood, from Kirkfield said: “This grant has been so easy and straight forward to apply for and has really helped us to see where we could save on our energy usage and costs. The support provided from the Business Energy Efficiency Programme advisors has been invaluable in helping to understand the options available."
The Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) has now been successful in helping a number of businesses. This will enable them to implement changes that will see significant savings to their running costs by reducing energy consumption and also helped the environment by cutting carbon emissions.
Grants were awarded in December. Other businesses to benefit were:
• TSI Packing (Telford) who received £10,408 to install LED lighting and sensors which will save around £7,000 per year.
• Caplor Energy (Herefordshire) who received £12,236 for an innovative Energy Storage project to capture energy from their solar panels.
• SCN Vehicle Repairs, (Kidderminster) who received £15,000 to insulate roof and walls and improve lighting.As well as reducing energy bill by an impressive 68%, this will also improve conditions for employees by making the site much warmer.
Cllr Anthony Blagg, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment said: "This is fantastic news for these businesses and for the environment. Being energy efficient is more important than ever, to help lower costs, remain competitive and protect our environment. I would encourage all businesses to look into the Business Energy Efficiency Programme, as there are many tips and ideas for them to consider becoming more energy efficient."
The Business Energy Efficiency Programme follows on from the successful Resource Efficient Worcestershire programme which ran from 2012 to 2015 and helped businesses receiving grants to reduce energy costs by an average 22%. The new programme now includes the added areas of Herefordshire and Telford & Wrekin.
The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is part-financed by the England European Regional Development Fund Programme as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
For more information visit www.business-central.co.uk/beep or call 01905 677888