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Funding news - 19/04/2012

High Prize for Low Carbon

Businesses and young people in Southend are benefiting from a carbon-cutting scheme that has won an award nationally.

The Low Carbon Business Programme is provided by the European Regional Development Fund and involves nine partners across Thames Gateway including Southend-on-Sea Borough Council - has been named Britain's top New Energy Champion of the Year.

This programme assists small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to lower their carbon footprint and as such making them more competitive.

The scheme has assisted 92 such firms in Southend presently, and given them the money to hire a total of 60 apprentices.

Individual firms had support and expert advice on making their business greener, including using products and services more effectively, and identifying specifically geared carbon reduction solutions.

Small grants towards investment in carbon reduction processes and equipment have also been received.

Southend-on-Sea Borough Council's Group Manager for Enterprise and Tourism, Scott Dolling commented:

"So far in Southend we have used £342,000 of the European funding for this project, which has supported 92 local organisations - exceeding our target of 66, and has helped fund 60 much-needed apprentice places in the borough. The judges recognised the wide impact made by the Low Carbon Business Programme both directly and indirectly, on a significant percentage of SMEs in the region, prompting lower emissions through a wide and varied series of actions, with measurable results. The contribution of all the partners was critical in making it possible for the Programme to win this prestigious award."

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