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Grants and support available to help local businesses go green for 2021

Published Monday, 1st February 2021

Several grants are on offer from Worcestershire County Council to encourage local businesses to become greener and cut costs for 2021.

Something as simple as changing to LED lighting can help businesses make energy savings on their utility bills whilst reducing carbon emissions.

Both the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) and the Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) offer free assessments and grants to eligible local businesses to support clean growth and help Worcestershire businesses save money.

Over the last four years, Worcestershire County Council and its partners have supported 700 local businesses and awarded £2.7million worth of grants, helping local businesses make a massive saving of over 6,000 tonnes of greenhouse gasses.

This funding is specifically available as part of the County Council’s commitment to creating a thriving low carbon economy which supports the creation of jobs and stimulates investment across the county.

Councillor Tony Miller, Cabinet Member with Responsibility for Environment, said: “For local businesses, the new year is the ideal time to consider new approaches that will positively impact the future.”

“Our clean growth programmes provide essential advice and grants to help local businesses make the necessary changes to improve energy efficiency and sustainability whilst importantly reducing costs.”

BEEP offers free energy efficiency assessments and grants of up to £20,000 for eligible businesses who wish to reduce costs and improve their environmental impact. BEEP’s recommendations will, on average, reduce energy bills by around 30%.

For businesses interested in investing in solar or other renewable technologies, LOCOP offers renewable energy assessments and grants of up to £100,000 to businesses in eligible sectors.

Advice and grants are also available through LOCOP to help businesses develop and commercialise innovative ideas, that help others to be green.

Both programmes are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

For more information about eligibility, please visit the Business Central webpage on Clean Growth

For further business support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit the Here2Help business page on the County Council's website.