Support for businesses to recover the green way

wind farm visual Published Tuesday, 7th September 2021

As the UK begins to recover following the lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, Worcestershire County Council is encouraging businesses to adopt a ‘green recovery’, with support from the council.

Worcestershire County Council’s Clean Growth team are providing a free energy efficiency and/or renewable energy assessments to businesses that will review current energy usage and provide a report with tailored recommendations.

These assessments aim to find ways to save on operating costs, produce renewable energy, whilst also reducing carbon footprints. 

Clean Growth also offers European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) grants, which businesses can apply for following assessments.

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) offers grants up to £20,000 to businesses in Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire for energy efficiency improvements.  

The Low Carbon Opportunities Programme (LOCOP) provides up to £100,000 for businesses in Worcestershire towards the installation of renewable energy projects, including solar PV, biomass, and heat pumps.

In addition, the innovation strand of LOCOP supports businesses in the clean tech innovation sector or those who wanted to diversify into this area, through the development of low carbon technologies which will help others to be green.

New plant and machinery installed could also qualify for the government’s 130% super-deduction rates.

Councillor Tony Miller, cabinet member with responsibility for Environment at Worcestershire County Council said: “It is really wonderful to see the wealth of support on offer for businesses to increase their contribution to the green recovery and grow in a more sustainable way. I am really proud of the work that the Clean Growth team are doing to not only improve the environment, but support businesses to improve the environment too.

“I would really encourage business owners to look into and take advantage of the schemes we have on offer and see how a more sustainable approach can help them grow.”

Clean Growth has already assisted over 900 businesses and distributed grants of over £3.6m, saving over 6,800 tonnes of carbon in Worcestershire and The Marches.

For more information and to find out if your business is eligible for support, visit the dedicated Clean Growth pages of Worcestershire Business Central or contact the team by emailing sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk