Rising energy costs are a significant issue for all businesses of all sizes, in all sectors. However, local council’s initiative, BEST (Business Energy Saving Team), provides grants and support to help businesses save money through energy efficiency improvements.

BEST is a free energy efficiency service helping small and medium-sized businesses (SME’s) in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland generate savings through a fully-funded energy audit and grant support.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) the service consists of an independent free energy efficiency audit, designed to help businesses identify ways to save energy in day to day operations, thereby saving money and reducing their carbon-footprint. The audit results are compiled into a report explaining the improvements which your business could make in order to reduce energy costs.

The project began last Autumn and since then has completed 67 audits on local businesses, with the energy specialists, Narec DE, currently assisting 14 businesses who have been through the audit with grant applications. Common solutions arising within these audits focus heavily on LED’s, PV, more efficient boiler and heating controls.

If you choose to go forward with these improvements, you may be eligible for a grant for 33% towards this cost. Your application can include more than one item, but the total cost must be between £3,000 and £24,999.

The newly launched BEST website provides a comprehensive overview of the journey a business can expect throughout the project. Along with case studies, grant information and FAQ’s.

With many customers becoming more environmentally aware, participating in BEST is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to sustainability, enhance your businesses image and gain competitive advantage.

But how would your business score in an energy efficiency audit? Find out today: best-ne.co.uk or for more information contact best@newcastle.gov.uk

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