Business

By Amy MacDonnell on 14 September 2018

Businesses in Greater Lincolnshire are being invited to free events to find out how they could cut costs ahead of the annual winter surge in demand for energy.

As hotels, offices and factories in the area prepare to turn-on heating and lighting for the season’s colder and shorter days, there will be three breakfast meetings later this month offering advice and information.

They have been organised by Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, a multi-million pound project to help businesses save money with greener energy use

Companies with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of under £50m are eligible for support from the project, which has a dedicated expert team in place to deliver bespoke and tailored help to businesses.

Helen Norris, Programme Manager for Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, said: “We’re here to enable companies to make a real difference to their bottom line through energy saving measures.

“It doesn’t matter their needs are or which sector they operate in, we can look at what energy they are using and identify how they can use less.

“This will not only save them cash but will also reduce carbon emissions and make a genuine and lasting impact on the environment, improving their green credentials.”

The events are informal and have been arranged to finish before 9am to allow companies to attend before the traditional start of the working day.

They also include a free breakfast so people who attended can fuel their own energy while hearing about cutting their business’s energy use.

The £9.2m Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire project is being run across Greater Lincolnshire by North East Lincolnshire Council over the next three years.

The council was awarded £5.4m funding from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project, alongside private sector investment.

The aim is to reduce carbon emissions by supporting businesses to become more energy efficient.

This could be through a grant covering 38 per cent of the cost of measures such as a new boiler or new lighting are available.

A 12-hour energy awareness programme is also available and businesses which complete this will receive a free energy saving gift worth £500.

Businesses in rented accommodation can also apply, provided the landlord agrees and the tenancy is for at least three years.

The next breakfast meetings take place on Tuesday, 25th September in Grimsby, on Wednesday, 26th September in North Lincolnshire and Thursday, 27th September in Lincolnshire. The events are free but people wishing to attend are asked to register in advance online here. A free breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

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