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Business Energy Efficiency Programme

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With rising energy costs and an ever increased focus on climate change, the need to reduce energy use within your business is now as pertinent as ever.

Significant financial and carbon savings can be made by addressing energy and resource use on a business’ site and by taking simple steps to reduce consumption.



Why reduce your energy use?
• Reduced expenditure on energy leads to increased profitability
• Provides increased resilience to rising energy prices
• Improves working conditions and employee comfort
• Ensures your business is contributing to tackling climate change

How can we support businesses?
At the Chamber of Commerce, we successfully supported numerous businesses to reduce their resource use through the Resource Efficient Worcester (REW) project that operated from 2010 to 2015. Building on the success of this programme, we now offer support through the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) that began in October 2016 and will run until March 2019.

Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)
The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is a European Union funded project that supports eligible businesses to become more energy efficient. On-site energy efficiency advice is provided by a team of Energy Efficiency Advisors that operate throughout Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Telford & Wrekin.

The Energy Efficiency Advisor will conduct an energy assessment of your site and produce a detailed report to highlight where savings can be made. Actions can be no/low cost actions that can be implemented immediately or those that require investment.

When investment is required, the Energy Efficiency Advisor can discuss applying for BEEP funding, which can support 40% of the costs of energy saving projects that have not begun, with grant funding ranging between £2 000 and £20 000. Any energy saving project can be considered, however, typical projects include:

• Energy efficient lighting
• Energy efficient heating
• Insulation improvements
• Replacement of old and inefficient machinery

Project partners and eligibility
BEEP is delivered in conjunction with eleven local partners including the County and District Councils and the Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.

To be eligible for the service you must:
• Be situated in and trading from Worcestershire, Herefordshire or Telford & Wrekin
• Employ fewer than 250 employees
• Have a turnover of less than the equivalent of €50 million or a balance sheet of less than €43 million.

Please note that some industries such as primary agriculture, retail, education facilities, social welfare, education facilities, banking and insurance are not eligible for support.

To find out more see www.business-central.co.uk/BEEP, email info@business-central.co.uk or call 01905 677 888.


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.
The project is receiving £1,450,502 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund 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 European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps 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.
 

For more information please contact the Membership Team

goodbusiness@hwchamber.co.uk    01905 673611