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Final call on eco grants for Derby firms

There is just one week to go until businesses in Derby will no longer be able to take advantage of a scheme that could see them receive financial support to make their firm more eco-friendly.

The deadline for applications for the BESPOKE (Business Energy Support Promoting Opportunities and Knowledge for Energy Efficiency) programme is on October 9th, at which point a panel will decide the five successful companies that will receive up to £10,000.

Small and medium-sized businesses in the area are being encouraged to put their name in the hat - they need to put forward a proposal detailing how they would use the money to make a positive difference to their energy efficiency levels.

BESPOKE is a Derby City Council initiative that is being part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund - and is one example of how the European Union is working across the bloc to try to reduce its rate of power consumption.

Bosses say they are particularly interested in hearing from firms with a manufacturing, engineering or B2B services background. Retail organisations are not eligible for the grant, although organisers have noted that they are happy to offer impartial help and advice on the issue of energy efficiency to anyone who wants to get in touch.

The Derby Telegraph reports that one business to have benefited from the scheme in the past is Aqua Clean Industrial, which received £4,000 to install an insulated shutter door and upgrade the lighting for its industrial cleaning maintenance operation.

As a result, the enterprise is saving £500 annually and producing approximately two tonnes of carbon emissions less per year.

It is hoped that even those who are not successful in their applications will be made more aware of the steps they can take to improve their energy efficiency in the future after researching the impact that measures like solid and cavity wall insulation can have on their heating bills.

Posted by Simon Webster