The Corporate Green Agenda

Reducing cost is a key objective for many businesses.  Green investment can make commercial sense when used to improve energy efficiency and waste management.  Businesses have found that adopting energy-efficiency targets have helped to save a lot of money.

Cutting costs is only part of the story.  In an ever-growing world of scarce and finite resources, developing products and undertaking operations that use fewer of these resources will become increasingly valuable.

Going green and becoming environmentally-friendly has become more than just a trend.  It is increasingly ingrained into the DNA and culture of large business, important to employee and customer commitment.

Beyond the purely economic reasons to go green, businesses can help to cut emissions and other gases to reduce global climate change and protect natural habitats.  It is something that can make shareholders/customers happy and create opportunities for employees of and suppliers to the organisation.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is committed to supporting the development of a low-carbon, high growth economy.  

There are a range of resources available in our area to help your business grow and become more sustainable. 

Developing your business’s green credentials is becoming increasingly important due to growing public awareness of the impact of Climate Change. Clean, low-carbon growth will fuel the UK economy in coming decades, and these resources, which include advice, grants and more, will ensure you are well placed to take advantage of this opportunity. 

 

Business Energy & Efficiency Programme

Funded by the Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership through the Local Growth Fund the Business Energy & Efficiency Programme, delivered by Blue Orchid, will help small businesses based in Cheshire & Warrington to reduce energy use, improve efficiency, lower costs and contribute to the reduction of Greenhouse gas emissions responsible for global warming.

 If your business has less than 250 employees, you may be eligible for to access grants of up to £20,000 for energy efficiency investments.

  • Support includes: 
    Expert energy efficiency advice including a FREE on-site energy audit, analysis of historical energy use, advice report and energy reduction action plan.
  • Grants of £2,000 - £20,000 available for businesses that identify capital & equipment investments that can reduce energy use and increase efficiency
  • Grants can be used to install LED Lighting - Heating/Cooling Systems - Replacement Boilers - Heat Recovery Systems - Photovoltaic Systems - etc. 

    More information and to apply.

Eco-Innovation Cheshire and Warrington

Research, innovate and develop new low carbon technologies.

Collaborate with the University of Chester and access a broad range of facilities and specialist expertise.

For SMEs with less than 250 employees looking to:

  • Innovate and commercialise new low carbon technologies, products and services
  • Build and improve efficiencies of existing technologies
  • Be part of exciting up and coming developments

Access is available to the following support:

  • Structured programmes of collaborative one-year and five-week R&D projects
  • Academics or a dedicated researcher, analytical and testing resources, and one to one business support
  • For more information and to register your interest

More information and to register your interest.

 

Manufacturing Growth Fund

More information on our Grants & Funding page.

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