One of the major challenges facing local businesses is to maintain viability and profitability during the economic downturn. Electricity, gas and water costs are all becoming more significant for businesses. The Low carbon Business programme provides help in reducing financial and environmental impact whilst also seeking to develop new business in the low carbon economy, and new employment opportunities in existing companies.

The Low Carbon Business programme is aimed at companies with less than 250 employees that will run for three years until 2013, addressing the issue of identifying cost and carbon savings available from improved energy efficiency. The programme will also cover water and material savings as well as green business plans generally.

1. How Does It Work?

• Do you have an annual turnover not exceeding € 50 million or an
annual balance sheet not exceeding € 43 million?
• Do you employ fewer than 250 persons?
• Is your company’s primary location within the Thames Gateway South
Essex region - meaning that it falls within the local authority post
code areas postcode eligibilty check covered by Thurrock,
Basildon, Castle Point, Rochford or Southend?
• Do other enterprises hold a stake of 25% or more of the capital or
voting rights?

If the answer is yes to the first three questions, and no to the fourth, your enterprise will qualify as an SME

2. What Do You Qualify For?

• Free Green Business Audit
• Access to cost-and carbon-reducing funding
• Access to cost- and carbon-reducing grants
• One-stop signposting to numerous bodies and organisations that can
help your business
• Access to small business mentoring, advice and resource

• Access to a dedicated Business Energy Advisor
• Access to suppliers on whom we have carried out due diligence
background checks… so you don’t need to
• One-stop-shop access to best practice, no- or low-cost and carbon
reduction measures and access to …… people like YOU

3. What Will It Do For Me?

• Lower your operating costs – maintains profitably and helps you grow
• Lower your carbon footprint - good for marketing, competitiveness and
supply chain compliance/eligibility
• Deliver maximum benefit with minimal disruption to business routine
or processes
• Make your business legislation-resistant by implementing cost-and
carbon-reducing solutions and processes BEFORE future
environmental legislation compels you to reactively comply … to your
cost
• Make your business future recession-resistant by implementing cost-
and carbon-reducing solutions and processes before a threat
becomes an issue … to your cost.

4. What Does It Cost?

• Time As long as it takes to contact us
• Effort The energy required to call us on: 01268 758423

• Money If you continue with business-as-usual and delay cutting your cost
base using carbon reduction as the driver.