Helping businesses in the East 'go green'

Published: 18 September 2012 at 14:20

Event to discover more about Low Carbon KEEP programme, managed by Anglia Ruskin

Businesses in the East of England can discover how they can receive help in reducing their carbon emissions at a free event in Cambridge on Wednesday, 31 October.

With £3.2 million to invest, the Low Carbon KEEP programme, which is managed by Anglia Ruskin University, has already funded more than 30 successful projects in the East of England and is eager to support more small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in an effort to reduce carbon emissions, increase profitability and improve competitiveness.

Dr Aled Jones, Director of Anglia Ruskin’s Global Sustainability Institute, will deliver the keynote speech, while the event will also feature speakers from current and previous Low Carbon KEEP projects to give delegates the chance to better understand some of the benefits of working in collaboration with academic institutions.

The programme offers grant support to help businesses improve their capabilities and a recent graduate is employed to spearhead the project, closely supported by an academic expert.  

Projects can run from four to 18 months, and the Low Carbon KEEP grant covers 40% of the overall cost of the project.  The grant can be utilised to create new products, develop new competencies and achieve industry standards, while reducing carbon emissions. 

Programme Director Dr Tony West, of Anglia Ruskin University, said:

“The Low Carbon KEEP project has been an incredible success for everyone involved so far and has provided funding for numerous small businesses in the region.
“In today’s difficult economic conditions, we are more committed than ever to offer our support for regional SMEs and to assist as many of them as we possibly can.”

The event on 31 October takes place at The Trinity Centre, 24 Science Park, Milton Road, Cambridge (9am-1pm).  Attendance is free but places are limited, so to reserve a place email

For information about the Low Carbon KEEP programme, which is backed by the European Regional Development Fund, phone 0845 196 4310 or email