Workshop on offer to help businesses tap into £8m energy efficiency funding (From Ledbury Reporter)

A WORKSHOP will help businesses and other organisations in Herefordshire find out how to tap into £8 million in funding for schemes to reduce energy usage and carbon production.

The ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Low Carbon Workshop at the Mascall Centre in Ludlow on September 14 will encourage stakeholders to come together to develop activity that can benefit businesses across The Marches and the economy in general.

Priorities in The Marches region include improving business energy efficiency, low carbon in publicly-owned buildings, low carbon research and innovation, and renewables.

Grants of £500,000 and above are available and can fund up to 60 per cent of the cost of a project. Applications can be submitted until April 2018 and the aim of the half-day workshop is to generate ideas that can be developed within the required timescale.

Gill Hamer, director of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “This session is open to businesses, community and not for profit groups, or individuals working in the public sector, which have an interest in the low carbon economy and energy efficiency technology.

“There are opportunities for projects around supporting businesses involved in the low carbon economy, renewable energy infrastructure like biomass and heat pumps, and projects which can serve as demonstrators for low carbon technologies.”

The Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) is driving economic growth across Herefordshire, Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin, through investment in innovation, higher level skills, housing and business sites.

To register for a free place on the workshop, which starts at 10am and includes lunch, email gary.spence@shropshire.gov.uk by September 12.

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