Where to find energy efficiency grants for businesses

Small or medium-sized businesses in England and Scotland can get help to improve their energy efficiency through a range of initiatives.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to those businesses that meet the criteria. Here is more information on the schemes available at the time of this publication date (October 2020).

Business Energy Efficiency Programme – West Midlands


The Business Energy Efficiency Programme –  West Midlands is designed to help SMEs reduce energy costs.

It offers free energy efficiency assessments with the potential for grants between £2,000 and £20,000 to reduce costs and impact on the environment.

The programme covers small or medium-sized businesses (SMEs) up to 249 employees based in:

  • Worcestershire
  • Herefordshire
  • Telford
  • Wrekin

It is run by Herefordshire Council, Telford and Wrekin Council, Worcestershire County Council, Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce and Shropshire Chamber of Commerce.

How to Apply: To apply for an assessment and grant through the Business Energy Efficiency Programme, email sustainability@worcestershire.gov.uk  or call Business Central on 01905 677888.

Energy Efficiency Grants, Warwickshire

The purpose of these grants is to invest in equipment that cuts down on carbon emissions within your business. Warwickshire District Council will fund up to 40 per cent, providing grants between £1,000 and £50,000. The grants are for installing energy efficient equipment like LED controls and renewable technologies.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme has now been extended to June 2023 and an additional £1.25m of funding for small to medium sized businesses is available for energy efficiency measures.

The programme supports businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire who want to save money on energy, waste and water bills and maximise low carbon opportunities.

More details: https://www.coventry.gov.uk/info/240/coventry_and_warwickshire_green_business_programme/2972/coventry_and_warwickshire_green_business_programme

Energy for Business, Nottinghamshire

Grants of up to £8,000, managed by the University of Nottingham, for businesses in Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire that improve energy, reduce emissions or bringing in sustainable technologies. The organisation will fund 40 per cent, up to £8,000. Minimum project cost is £2,500 up to a maximum pf £20,000.

More details: https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/research-areas/energy-technologies/business-support/index.aspx

Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) Anglia

BEE Anglia targets SMEs in Norfolk and Suffolk to offer free support.

It has three types of support:

  • First, energy reviews where experts carry out independent surveys at company premises to identify top cost-cutting and carbon-saving opportunities.
  • Second, BEE offers grant funding that supports companies investing in energy efficiency measures.
  • Third, SMEs get Carbon Charter accreditation which helps to identify the business as proactive in energy-efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.

For further information: http://www.beeanglia.org/

Low Carbon Across the South East (LOCASE)

LOCASE has supported SMEs in Kent, Essex and East Sussex with green projects. Initial funding cycle was due to end in April but was extended with £500,000 additional resources, and the target is to ensure a second round.

More details: https://locase.co.uk/

Low Carbon Workspaces: Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire

Low Carbon Workspaces offers small and medium-sized businesses in Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to cover up to a third of the cost of making energy improvements.

The programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and managed by Ngage Solutions, a not-for-profit company that specialises in the design and delivery of grant schemes and business support programmes. Part of the Buckinghamshire Business First Group and it works closely with other Growth Hubs, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, business organisations and other grant schemes in each area.

More details: https://www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk/

West Suffolk Greener Business Grant

Up to £1,000 (50 per cent) for West Suffolk businesses for work such as insulation, replacing heating controls and lighting or installing more energy efficient alternatives to existing equipment. More details: http://www.greensuffolk.org/assets/Greenest-County/Business/Funding/West-Suffolk-Green-Business-Grant.pdf

Leicester City Council – Green BELLE

Green BELLE is now open – offering grants from £1,000 to £7,000 to eligible SMEs in Leicester and Leicestershire towards the cost of energy efficiency measures. It supports Small or Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to increase their energy efficiency, reduce their energy costs and lower their carbon emissions.

More details: https://www.greenbelle.org.uk/about-green-belle/


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