Small firms to reap rewards for going green

Published: 17 April 2014 at 11:14

£4,000 on the table for purchases that help companies save energy

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The Low Carbon KEEP programme, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and managed by Anglia Ruskin University, is to hand out capital grants to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) for efficiency purchases.

The launch of the programme’s Capital Grants Scheme will support firms across the East of England looking to reduce their consumption of resources, such as water, energy or raw materials by offering to pay 40% of the cost of items like equipment, machinery or software.

The total spend on the item must be between £2,500 and £10,000 in value (excluding VAT). All items bought using the grant will remain under ownership of the company making the purchase.

Examples of the kind of purchase that could be made under the scheme include low-energy lighting, energy monitoring devices, 3D printers and more energy-efficient machinery.

Carole Randall, Low Carbon KEEP Programme Manager, said:

“We are delighted to be able to provide funding for capital purchases to SMEs in the East of England. We believe that the grants we now offer will aid businesses in these still challenging economic conditions and provide a boost for the competitiveness of the region, by increasing efficiency, reducing energy costs and driving innovation.”

For more details, call 0845 196 2840 or 0845 196 4310, or e-mail For more information about the Low Carbon KEEP Capital Grant Scheme, visit