This first event focused on energy efficiency, as well as introducing businesses to the opportunities available through the LCBEP scheme (eligibility criteria apply***). The event was opened by Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership board member Jonathan Dale, who leads on business growth and innovation.
What is the Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme?
The Low Carbon Business Evolution Programme (LCBEP) will help businesses across Stoke on Trent & Staffordshire LEP reduce their carbon footprint and increase energy efficiency.
This project is part funded with support from the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and delivered by Staffordshire County Council in partnership with Keele University and Staffordshire University
Support to businesses will start with free specialist low carbon advice in one of the following areas:
- Improving energy efficiency
- Innovative ways to make your business low carbon
- Developing new low or lower carbon products and services
- Environmental management system gap analysis
To apply, businesses must:
- Fulfil the definition of a SME (see below) and be located within the administrative area of the Stoke- on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP area
- Fit within certain sectors. Those which cannot apply include:
a) Businesses involved in the retail sale of goods
b) Businesses providing services to the general public using the Town and Country Planning use classes of A1 to A5
(shops, financial and professional services (to the public), Business to Consumer
c) Restaurants , drinking establishments and fast food takeaways
d) Online retail or rental businesses
e) Home-based businesses that mainly provide services or goods on a similar basis to classes A1 to A5
f) Agents or sub-contractors involved in the sale of goods / products to the public
g) Land-based businesses including farms and other primary food producers, AND businesses that process or bring to
market agricultural products
- Have obtained all legal requirements necessary to run the business legitimately and accommodate planned changes e.g. planning permissions, insurances or accreditations. Evidence may be requested.
Additionally, existing businesses cannot apply for a grant if it is solely to help comply with statutory requirements.
Is my business a SME? Small to Medium sized businesses are enterprises that:
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Andrew Fletcher and Siobhan Hill, from ESP, presented on:
Understanding energy use / Reducing energy consumption and cost / Prioritising action and investment / Introduce the requirements and organisation benefits of implementing an IS050001 Energy Management System (EnMS).
Presentations are available to download from the Members Area of our website