Recent changes to European funding rules mean that retail businesses across Norfolk and Suffolk can now access grants for energy efficiency measures.
Retail is one of the largest sectors in the region and, while energy use might be a relatively small part of turnover, savings represent an easy win for many businesses. But now a change in the funding regulations means that shops can also access grants towards the capital costs of any energy saving measure.
One of the previously supported businesses spells out how the support can be the tipping point to bring new projects forward:
“BEE Anglia’s help has enabled us to reach our long term goal of carbon saving in a shorter period of time. It would have taken us a few years to generate the funding ourselves but receiving the grant funding through BEE Anglia has accelerated that process” Graham Harris, Clickers Archery, Norfolk
Grants are available for up to 28% of the overall project cost, up to a maximum of £20,000, with a minimum of £1,000 (approximate total project cost of £3,500).
It’s not just about identifying savings; BEE Anglia have, so far awarded over £200,000 in grant funding for various energy efficiency projects including radiant heating, vehicle tracking, wood burners and lighting. The scope for grant funding has been widened to enable ANY energy efficiency measure to be considered. Approval will be based on being able to demonstrate sufficient associated energy savings.
Businesses interested in any aspect of this service can register online or call Groundwork on 01473 350370. Dedicated advisors will be able to answer any queries about eligibility for the programme or potential grant projects.
The BEE Anglia project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered across the region through a partnership of Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, Groundwork and NWES.
We work with a number of local, sub-regional, regional and national partners to support businesses and facilitate key regeneration opportunities within the District.
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