They may sound like characters from a children’s television series but BECCI and BEEP are two grant schemes that are aiming to help businesses in the Marches to utilise new technologies and drive down costs.
Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP)
BEEP offers free energy assessments and grants to small and medium sized enterprises.
Assessments are open to SMEs who want to use their energy more efficiently, reduce costs and improve their environmental credentials.
The process involves two days of support worth up to £1,000 to assess a business’s equipment, premises, processes and performance, to target opportunities for improvements in energy usage.
Assessors will then produce a report containing recommended actions, which can be used to support grant applications for projects worth up to £50,000. Grants can be awarded for up to 40 per cent of a project with businesses contributing 60 per cent.
Activity that could be supported by grant funding includes improving lighting, insulation, or energy management along with heating and boilers, double or triple glazing or energy efficiency equipment that leads to process improvements.
Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI)
The Built Environment Climate Change Innovations (BECCI) project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund to promote sustainable economic opportunities and growth by working with small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to develop innovative climate change solutions within the built environment.
It specifically focuses on products associated with the retrofitting of housing.
It involves helping businesses develop new or improved energy efficient products, engage with housing providers in the region to support the use of more green products and give SMEs access to the latest information and knowledge on low carbon technologies.
Additionally, high quality, technical support is available to:
Introduce companies to technology opportunities
Assess the company’s route to technologically based progress
Provide links to other companies, supply chains and universities.
Enable a beneficiary company to identify the next steps
The BECCI project seeks to find the most appropriate support for the company partner by accessing leading technologies within the region, nationally and internationally, to add value, and benefit to the organisation’s commercial performance.
Hereford based Halco Europe Ltd, which manufactures a wide range of adhesive tape and textile fasteners, applied for a free energy efficiency assessment through BEEP to help measure current energy usage and identify opportunities for improvements.
The report identified that the firm could save around £4,000 and eight tonnes of greenhouse gases per year by replacing their old metal halide and T8 lighting with modern LED lighting.
Halco Europe Ltd was awarded a grant of 40 per cent of the total costs (£3,185) to make the improvements. It will continue to accrue annual savings in the firm’s energy usage as well as providing a brighter working environment for its staff.
For more information or advice on how to apply for either scheme, contact the Marches Growth Hub on 0345 6000 727 or email [email protected]