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Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce aims to provide businesses with the opportunity to develop relationships and links with like-minded businesses discussing issues on an environmental theme.

It aims to raise awareness of both national and local support available to help businesses in Herefordshire and Worcestershire to improve their resource efficiency helping them save energy, water, waste and money.

National Organisations Providing Environmental Support

Carbon Trust 
Provides specialist support to business and the public sector to help cut carbon emissions, save energy and commercialise low carbon technologies. Support includes a carbon footprint tool, financial support/advice, energy saving guidance, online community and loans
Energy Savings Trust (ECA)
An impartial organisation funded by government that exists to help reduce carbon dioxide emissions by helping people to use energy more efficiently, conserve water, reduce waste and make renewable energy sources more accessible. The EST has a range of business support including grant information and recommendations for how businesses can improve their resource efficiencies in travel and energy usage.
Enhanced Capital Allowances (ECA)
Enables a business to claim 100% first-year capital tax allowances on their spending on qualifying energy saving equipment, plant and machinery, buildings, and research and development. The rate of the allowance, and how to calculate it, depends on the asset you have purchased.
Environmental Agency
Aims is to protect and improve the environment and promote sustainable development, providing a range of guidance on environmental issues and legislation including those that affect businesses.
Manufacturing Advisory Service (MAS)
Advice and tools to reduce waste and improve efficiency and performance for the manufacturing industry.
WRAP (Waste and Resources Action Programme)
Works in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to help businesses and individuals reap the benefits of reducing waste, develop sustainable products and use resources in an efficient way.

Environmental Support Available for Herefordshire Businesses

Herefordshire County Council Business Enterprise Fund
Herefordshire County Council provide a match-funding grant to help businesses improve on their energy efficiencies through the Business Enterprise Fund. £1-5k with 50% match funding by SMEs required (some eligibility applies).
Herefordshire Greenlinks
Provides Herefordshire's Sustainable Business Support, helping with resource efficiency, energy efficiency, increasing local customers through the Green Business Directory and improving sustainability credentials - a broad range of information about Green Business. Business members share best practice on the forum and at events, contribute to training courses and co-operate on procurement.
Metnet
An environmental business network that supports a range of environmental companies across the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire. 
Smarter Working
Useful for businesses based in Herefordshire (who are not be eligible for our Resource Efficient Worcestershire scheme) to know that Coventry University have funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) for free energy or waste audits for SMEs in the West Midlands through their “Smarter Working West Midlands” initiative. 
Sustainability West Midlands
West Midlands database of business support providers: database of free and subsidised sources of business support provision that may be useful to help regulated businesses to improve their environmental performance and resource efficiency.

Environmental Support Available for Worcestershire Businesses

Metnet
An environmental business network that supports a range of environmental companies across the counties of Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire.
Sustainability West Midlands
West Midlands database of business support providers: database of free and subsidised sources of business support provision that may be useful to help regulated businesses to improve their environmental performance and resource efficiency.
 

Funding and Grants

Green Grants Machine
A free, searchable database showing funding on offer to improve businesses' environmental performance. Search through information on grants, loans, awards and other funds available to help businesses go green.
Herefordshire County Council Business Enterprise Fund
Herefordshire County Council provide a match-funding grant to help businesses improve on their energy efficiencies through the Business Enterprise Fund. £1-5k with 50% match funding by SMEs required (some eligibility applies).
Renewable Heat Incentive Payments
Government initiative that pays participants of the scheme that generate and use renewable energy to heat their buildings. Payments are made to the owner of the heat installation over a 20-year period. Tariff levels have been calculated to cover the financial gap between the cost of conventional (fossil fuel) and renewable heat systems. Helps to reduce the pay-back period of installing these technologies.

For more information please contact the Membership Team

goodbusiness@hwchamber.co.uk    01905 673611