Businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk can save money for free, thanks to the latest project helping businesses become greener and cut their energy costs.
The BEE Anglia project provides small to medium sized businesses with a free energy efficient audit from an independent source, allowing business owners and managers to discuss technologies and opportunities from energy efficient lighting to bio-mass boilers and various new equipment that could save the business money and energy. Companies who have already started to go through this process have enjoyed benefitting from the independent and expert viewpoint that is not biased to one technology or another. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership of Groundwork, Norfolk County Council, NWES and Suffolk County Council.
Cllr Matthew Hicks, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, welcomed the launch of the project, adding:
“We know that this kind of support and guidance provides a real benefit to businesses, helping them to cut costs and be more resilient to changing energy prices. I’m delighted that we’re able to offer such a comprehensive package to so many companies”
There are three core offers that have been designed to help businesses reduce carbon and save money using independent advice, funding and recognition for their efforts. To date the project has reviewed 38 organisations and identified cost savings of £770,574 (£20,278 per business), and carbon savings of 13,997.7t (368.4t per business). The savings identified are the equivalent of 4,160 flights from London to Sydney. *Grant funding is available towards a wide range of equipment and technologies, although the pot for this is limited and interest is expected to be high.
Tim Basey-Fisher from St. John’s Hall Storage in Beccles commented:
“Having a BEE Anglia advisor come to our business and take the time to understand our individual needs and requirements was very valuable; the report that they produced for us has enabled us to prioritise improvements to our premises that will have the most significant energy and cost savings and reduce our carbon footprint. The fact they could then help us with a grant towards this was a very welcome bonus.”
The BEE Anglia partnership is working closely with the Carbon Charter which recognises environmental commitments and progress and has been specifically designed to be of practical benefit to businesses. Accreditation brings membership to the active Charter network, with extensive opportunities for sharing best practice and developing business contacts. Accreditation with the Carbon Charter usually comes at a cost but is fully funded through BEE Anglia.
Harry Haddaway from Woolley in Bury St Edmunds said
“Gaining Gold Carbon Charter certification has been so beneficial to our business and has helped our customers and staff understand our commitment to being a greener business. The membership of the charter network has helped us learn from other businesses, introduced us to some great local businesses, and allowed us to share our knowledge and experience with the rest of the network. Woolley is committed to continually improving the integration of sustainability into our working environment and business practices and to promoting these as far as possible, the gold award shows us and our customers that we practice what we preach.”
If any organisation is interested in the service, they can register their interest online or call Groundwork on 01473 350370, dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.