Support to make your small business greener
The UK Government has set a target to be Net Zero by 2050 and that means big emission reductions for everyone – at home and at work. There is a website – the UK Business Climate Hub – dedicated to providing help to SMEs who want to go green here.
We’re keen to support you in reducing your carbon emissions and this page carries regular updates on our projects plus any grants or schemes offered to Leicestershire businesses from other organisations.
There is some useful information on offsetting your carbon emissions here before you start to reduce them over time.
You can find out more about greener travel options from Choose How You Move here.
Smart Manufacturing Data Hub
The Smart Manufacturing Data Hub (SMDH) supports small and medium-sized manufacturers to become more competitive by harnessing the power of data.
One of the services of the Hub is to help improve energy usage and sustainability. Energy efficiency is an extremely important factor when taking into consideration how efficient your manufacturing process is. Power monitoring and analysis can help you to to optimise operations, lower energy costs and reduce your carbon footprint. Download this leaflet for details on support from the SMDH.
Sustainable travel solutions
GO Travel Solutions is a specialist sustainable transport consultancy serving workplaces, communities and transport operators.
With decades of combined experience in the transport sector, GO Travel Solutions have been helping workplaces and communities to reduce emissions and embrace the opportunities that travelling more sustainably bring.
GO Travel Solutions are the coordinators of sustainable travel incentive packages – SmartGO, The Workplace Travel Package, and LocalGO, The Communities Travel Package. For more info on GO Travel Solutions, visit www.go-travel-solutions.comFor more details use this link
Zellar - sustainability platform for small businesses
More than 70 local companies have taken up the opportunity to use a brand new digital platform to monitor and reduce their carbon emissions in a pioneering green initiative.
The world’s first sustainability as a service platform, called Zellar, enables a business to identify its carbon impact and then provides a bespoke plan to reduce it. We still have a very limited number of free licences available for you to apply for now.Find out more about Zellar and apply now
What green support is on offer?
Get money for an electric car or van
Your business can apply for up to £4,500 towards the cost of an electric car and up to £8,000 towards the cost of an electric van. Find out more at www.gov.uk/plug-in-car-van-grants.
Cost and carbon savings from Zerocarbonbusiness.uk
A web-based resource to give businesses free, trustworthy and impartial information on how to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions. Visit www.zerocarbonbusiness.uk for details.
Carbon Trust's SME carbon footprint calculator
Designed to help SMEs measure their corporate emission footprint following GHG Protocol Guidance, including direct emissions from fuel and processes and those emissions from purchased electricity for the assets they operate. Visit The Carbon Trust
Workplace Charging Scheme
A voucher-based scheme that provides eligible applicants with support towards the upfront costs of the purchase and installation of electric vehicle chargepoints. Workplace Charging Scheme
Choose how you move (Leicester City)
The Active Travel Team supports city businesses, who recognise the health, environmental and financial benefits of encouraging their staff to make commute and in-work journeys by active and sustainable transport. Help includes a grant of up to £5000 per year to encourage staff to travel actively to work by walking and cycling, or to make your business travel more sustainable. Visit Travel Grants
Green Skills for Small Business
This free six-week programme equips small businesses with vital knowledge on how to implement sustainability into their business, as well helping them develop skills to make a positive impact on the planet and the business.
Low carbon energy grants and business support
The Low Carbon Energy Solutions Innovator Challenge supports UK-based SME innovators who are developing low carbon energy solutions. Successful applicants will receive cash grants and tailored packages of support to drive the commercialisation of innovative energy products and services.
These cash grants are available:
Phase 1 – up to £5,000
Phase 2 – up to £20,500
Bespoke business development support designed to aid businesses in scaling-up and commercialisation is also provided. The application round for the next cohort will close on 20 November 2023.
Manufacturing Energy Toolkit
The HVM Catapult is opening its doors to help manufacturers make their processes more energy efficient, cutting their energy costs and greenhouse gas emissions while improving profitability.
Building a Responsible Business
Designed by business and sustainability experts, the Responsible Business Toolkit gives you everything you need to make the right decisions around sustainability, demonstrate your success to your customers, and – ultimately – future-proof your business.
SmartGO – The Workplace Travel Package
SmartGO helps employers incentivise low-carbon transport and save staff money. Staff can access discounts on bus, rail, cycling, car hire, electric vehicles, and more! SmartGO is coordinated by specialist sustainable transport consultancy, GO Travel Solutions.
Boiler Upgrade Scheme (ends 31 Dec 2024)
Through the Boiler Upgrade Scheme, you could get a grant to cover part of the cost of replacing fossil fuel heating systems with a heat pump or biomass boiler.
Current grants are available for:
-£7,500 towards an air source heat pump
-£7,500 towards a ground source heat pump (including water source heat pumps and those on shared ground loops)
-£5,000 towards a biomass boiler