Green grants funding boost for local businesses
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has joined forces with other local authorities across the region in the LoCASE (Low Carbon Across the South and East) Programme, which has access to the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme for small and medium enterprises (SMEs).
The LoCASE programme aims to help business to become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions. In addition to promoting energy efficiencies, the project recognises the critical role that SMEs play in developing new and innovative sustainable products and green solutions, boosting economic growth and creating jobs across the borough.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for the Natural Environment and Climate Improvement Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Following COP26 last month, it is clear that we must all work together to tackle the climate crisis and for businesses this funding could help them to take the first steps.
“The funding will not only optimise businesses use of resources and support low carbon solutions but will also improve their performance in terms of resilience, profitability and competitiveness.
”I’d encourage all small and medium businesses across the borough to find out more about the programme which could help us towards our target to make our borough carbon neutral by 2030.”
Funding is available until spring 2023 and businesses can find case studies on businesses who have benefited from the scheme, the eligibility criteria and how to register on the LoCASE website here: https://locase.co.uk/