Green grants for small firms

SMALL businesses in Kirklees are being invited to apply for new grants to help them reduce their environmental impact.
Grants of up to £1,000 are being offered through the Green Business Network (GBN), thanks to funding from Kirklees Council and CO2Sense Yorkshire.
The initiative is open to all businesses in Kirklees with less than 10  employees and will fund the purchase and installation of energy efficient measures at their premises.
Coun Peter McBride, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: “This new grant is a great way of supporting microbusinesses to become more energy efficient and to save money on utility bills.
“By offering the grants and working with local firms to put measures in place, we look forward to reducing carbon emissions in the district.”
Businesses interested in applying need to contact the GBN to organise an initial environmental audit of their premises, resulting in a recommendation of the best measures to put in place.
The grant can then be used to purchase and install these measures.
Examples of the type of work that the grants could fund include introducing energy efficient lighting, insulation, controls for heating and replacing older appliances with energy efficient models.
All support and advice offered by the GBN is free to businesses.
For more information about the Green Business Grants and other free support from the GBN see www.greenbusinessnetwork.org.uk/businesssupport or email jim.porter@kirklees.gov.uk.

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