Welcome to the Low Carbon Business Programme.
The Low Carbon Business programme (LCB) has been running since 2009 and provides free support to small and medium sized businesses in South and Mid Essex.
We can support you to improve your business resource efficiency and save money while helping to reduce your environmental impact.
Since 2009 we have supported more than 1000 businesses in South Essex and given out over £1.5m of grant funding directly to businesses. We have helped businesses to fund: lighting, insulation, refurbishment, purchase machinery, new technology, reduce their energy use and bills, reduce their mileage and diesel costs, get on-line and promote through social media.
We provide a wide range of workshops where you can access information that will improve your business and its performance or even help you set up a new business.
We can also provide 1:1 support and advice, business start-up support, green audits and help link you to the latest research through local universities. See our business support section for more details.
Everything we do aims to help your business and to reduce your carbon emissions. Businesses that have received grants from the Programme have saved a total of 3,000 tonnes and £890,000. On average, these SMEs are reducing their carbon footprint and costs by 26%. It is worth noting that there are many no cost or low-cost ways of streamlining your business too so get in touch for some pointers!
We have recently had our funding period extended until December 2014 and still have support available. So if you are interested in a £1000 grant, a £10,000 grant, attending workshops or getting 1:1 advice give us a call to find out how we can help.
This support is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and a range of local Councils and delivered by Groundwork Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk and Thurrock Council.