Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Business Energy Efficiency Programme

Information about the free energy and resource efficiency reviews and grants for SME businesses.

There are only a limited number of free energy and efficiency assists left on the programme. Grant funding is running very low for Worcestershire, and has now been fully allocated in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin.

What is the Business Energy Efficiency Programme?

The Business Efficiency Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) provides free energy and resource efficiency reviews and grants of up to £20,000 for SME businesses within Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire who wish to use their energy more efficiently; reducing costs and improving environmental credentials and impacts.

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and is administered by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Herefordshire Council, Telford & Wrekin council, Worcestershire’s six district councils and Herefordshire and Worcestershire and Shropshire Chambers of Commerce.

The programme is available to businesses throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin and Shropshire.

What is on offer?

We are offering free energy efficiency assessments which could lead to grants for businesses who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials.

Step 1: Energy & Resource Efficiency Assessment

An Energy Advisor will assess your equipment, premises, processes and performance to identify opportunities for improvements in energy usage. You
will then receive a report detailing recommendations for improvement.

Step 2: Grant Application

Following your assessment you can apply for a grant of up to £20,000. The grant intervention rate is 40% e.g. if your project costs £10,000, your
contribution is £6,000 and we provide £4,000. The minimum grant is £1,000.

The grant can fund:

  • lighting which includes movement / light sensors
  • variable speed drives & compressors
  • electric forklift & machinery
  • energy efficient equipment that leads to process improvements
  • systems offering better use of heat or waste heat
  • energy efficient refrigeration equipment
  • renewable technologies (where FIT's and RHI's are not claimed)
  • energy storage
  • energy management
  • fast shutting doors
  • heating (including boilers), insulation and double/triple glazing
  • waste reduction and recycle
  • water recovery
  • heat recovery

Business Events

We host regular events and sustainability forums looking at clean growth, which are available to all businesses.


To qualify, your business must:

  1. be situated in and trading from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin or Shropshire
  2. employ fewer than 250 employees
  3. have a turnover of less than 50 million Euros per annum or a balance sheet of less than 43 million Euros

Minimum energy spend applies and full European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) eligibility applies. We conduct a full business eligibility assessment when you apply to the programme.

Some industries such as primary agriculture and retail are not eligible. Retail is defined as the provision of goods and services to the general public and this support is aimed at business-to-business. Other activities are excluded such as social welfare and education facilities, banking and insurance.

Priority will be given to businesses that help meet the project aims.

Support is subject to the availability of funding.

How to apply

To apply for an assessment and grant email 

Download the Business Energy Efficiency Programme registration form

Privacy Notice

Our privacy notices sets out how we, Worcestershire County Council collect, stores and handle your personal information and what your information rights are. Read the Business Energy Efficiency Programme privacy notice

How is this project funded?

The project is receiving up to £2,161,050 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structure and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.

For more information see European Growth Funding.

European Union - European Regional Development Fund

Case Studies

We have a range of case studies that show how we’ve helped businesses across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire.

To read them visit Business Central BEEP

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