£10,000 up for grabs to slash energy costs

Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP) is helping businesses go greener and cut energy costs with a new round of Clean Growth grants.

The application window is opening today for the Clean Growth Grant. SMEs can apply for up to £10,000 to invest in energy-saving measures that can range from installing solar panels or LED lighting as well as more energy-efficient manufacturing equipment.

In addition to the grant, for a limited time businesses can take advantage of free sustainability consultancy and decarbonisation plans, supporting future strategic planning and investment. This will be delivered through GBSLEP’s dedicated Sustainability Service team in the Growth Hub.

Daniel Thompson, founder of Window Insulation, said: “As a Midlands-based start-up, GBSLEP offered a range of support from networking opportunities to identifying grants and wider professional services support. Our business is developing energy-saving innovations which aligns directly with GBSLEP’s focus on innovation and lowering carbon emissions which is critical to delivering climate change goals.”

Cllr Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council and GBSLEP net zero champion, said: “These grants will support businesses across our region by making their products, processes, and buildings more sustainable. With many owners facing higher energy costs, these grants will help improve efficiency, lowering costs, and accelerate the route to net zero.

“This is the latest round of Clean Growth business support that GBSLEP is providing to local SMEs. Last year, we helped a number of local manufacturers through our Low Carbon and Circular Economy Grant Fund. This enabled them to embed environmentally sustainable approaches within their business practices.”

The grant is open to SMEs (between 5-249 employees) and requires a minimum of 30% match funding towards the total cost of the measures.

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