200 businesses and counting have now benefitted from the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP).

BEEP, which is one year into a three year programme, offers businesses the opportunity to apply for a grant of up to £20,000 to help lower running costs and promote energy efficiency. Grants can be used for LED lighting, heating improvements, compressors, fast acting warehouse doors and much more.

BEEP offers technical support and grant funding to help manufacturing and engineering businesses, but it also works across other sectors, such as distribution, hotels and professional services.

Councillor Philip Price, Cabinet member for infrastructure, said:

"Energy and resource efficiency is more important now than ever, and programmes like BEEP are a great way to enable businesses to lower their energy usage, save money and help the environment. I would encourage all businesses to look into BEEP, and it is very pleasing that so many local businesses have already benefitted from the programme."

Herefordshire Council along with its partners Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, Shropshire Chamber of Commerce, Worcestershire County Council, Telford & Wrekin Council and the Worcestershire districts were awarded £1.45 million funding from the Department for Communities and Local Government's European Regional Development Fund to help small and medium-sized businesses.    

“Signing up the 200th business for BEEP represents a key milestone for the programme,” said Christopher Atkinson, BEEP programme manager. “We work with businesses in our target sector to help identify financial and carbon savings. Spending a little time looking at processes, establishing benchmarks and looking at energy savings invariably offers significant cost savings over time.”

For more information visit www.business-central.co.uk/beep or call 01905 677888.

Published: Monday, 29th January 2018