A scheme to increase energy efficiency in business premises has been launched in Berkshire.

Low Carbon Workspaces, which has operated in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire since 2017, giving out grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 to occupiers or landlords to make changes, has teamed up with Berkshire Business Growth Hub and the Thames Valley Berkshire LEP to bring the scheme to the royal county. Ten firms have been awarded money so far.

The project has £375,000 of European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) money to be distributed by Ngage Solutions to help fund up to a third of the cost of measures such as insulation, LED lighting, energy efficient boilers, air-source heat pumps and electric vehicles. The money is awarded to either the landlord or tenant whichever pays the bills.

Since 2017, the Low Carbon Workspaces programme has funded more than 400 SMEs, delivering more than £1.3 million.

Programme manager Daniel Cope said: “Businesses that are on the cusp of carrying out improvements, wishing to discuss sustainable-best-practice, or even hoping to be inspired on where to begin, should get in touch.

“During and proceeding the Covid-19 pandemic, we recognise that many may struggle to carry out energy-improving measures to their businesses, despite ever-increasing energy rates. That’s why we couldn’t be happier to bring this scheme to the diverse mix of businesses in Berkshire to help reduce this burden and build a more sustainable future.”

Visit www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk

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