Sicon develop software applications for integration with Sage and are well established as one of the leading developers in the UK and Ireland.
The business systems software company designs and develops applications in the UK at its offices in Bury St Edmunds. Sicon contacted SaveMoneyCutCarbon on a recommendation from a previous client to explore ways to improve their lighting, office aesthetics and reduce energy bills.
A crucial element of the project was the need to identify the availability of grants for energy-saving business projects, using SaveMoneyCutCarbon’s extensive knowledge of the area.
SaveMoneyCutCarbon first carried out an extensive survey of the offices and then demonstrated a range of LED panel solutions to help the company decide which would work best for them. For the funding process, SaveMoneyCutCarbon advised and assisted Sicon to apply successfully for two grants.
The company won funding for 28% of the project’s cost from BEE Anglia (European Regional Development Fund resources) and a £1,000 Green Business Grant from the local St Edmundsbury Borough Council. The timing for the BEE Anglia grant was good as funding for the energy-saving programme shuts off at the end of March (2019).
With funds assured, Sicon moved ahead with the choice of the energy-efficient and improved LED lighting. They chose a combination of distinctive Sky panels and high-quality Thorn IQ Wave panels that provide exceptional quality of light.
The SaveMoneyCutCarbon Field Services Team carried out the retrofit work at times to ensure minimum disruption to the business. The team installed Sky LED panels in the main sales area and Thorn IQ panels in the meeting rooms as well as bulkheads and other LED fittings in other areas.
The quality LED fittings are designed for a working life of around 50,000 hours to ensure years of maintenance-free use. And, unlike traditional fluorescent tubes that degrade over time, LEDs maintain a high quality of light output throughout their operation.
The company was so impressed with the initial Sky panels that it ordered further panels for the offices.
- Over 28% of total cost covered by grants
- Energy costs reduced by around 50%
- Carbon footprint reduced by 50%
- Office environment enhanced
- Lower maintenance costs