Businesses in Surrey will be affected by climate change in several ways. These include increases in the frequency and severity of flooding causing damage and overheating of buildings affecting staff productivity. Surrey County Council offers a range of support measures to help businesses to mitigate and manage these impacts.
The green economy in Surrey is growing and green job creation in the county is projected to be amongst the highest in England. The Council is committed to support the green growth and skills by supporting businesses to reduce carbon from their buildings and operations, saving money and reaching new customers.
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Low carbon across the South and East (LoCASE)
What is LoCASE?
We will be running a programme called LoCASE that aims to help businesses become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions. The LoCASE programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme. It offers focused, individual support to small and medium sized enterprises (including social enterprises) improving competitiveness and creating jobs through increased energy efficiency and new low carbon business. The programme will be launching in 2021.
How does it work?
LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £10,000 as well as an environmental training scheme and events. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer 'green' or low carbon goods and services. All eligible small or medium sized businesses in Surrey will be given equal opportunity to apply for a grant or support.
Grant funding can be awarded to an SME to improve business performance and profitability. The grant will form up to 40% of the cost of the eligible project, with the remainder matched by the business:
- Any business can use this money toward having energy efficiency measures installed for the business. The grant can contribute to both the cost of materials or equipment and any installation. Projects which save on fuel/mileage are also acceptable.
- If the business offers 'green' or low carbon goods or services, a business development grant is also available. Claims can be made against costs such as marketing, consultancy, equipment, IT software, product/process development, accreditation and certification.
For more information about the grant and who to contact please visit Grant programmes for businesses in response to climate change - Surrey County Council (surreycc.gov.uk)