Search

East Suffolk businesses offered support through free energy initiative

PUBLISHED: 16:31 21 September 2017

Adrian Sampson, of Little Beck Properties, in Bugay, recieved £2,796 from the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme. Photo courtesy of Waveney District Council.

Adrian Sampson, of Little Beck Properties, in Bugay, recieved £2,796 from the Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme. Photo courtesy of Waveney District Council.

Archant

Business owners in east Suffolk are being encouraged to take advantage of a free energy support initiative which increases efficiency and reduces running costs.

The Business Energy Efficiency (BEE) programme has identified more than £235,000 of potential savings to 44 east Suffolk businesses so far.

Due to changes in European funding rules, retail businesses in Suffolk and Norfolk are now eligible for free support to help them become more energy efficient.

Five businesses in the area have received grant funding exceeding £29,000 and 1,082 tonnes of carbon has been saved.

Support can take a variety of different forms, including; grant funding to support implementation of energy efficient measures, help to gain Carbon Charter accreditation and help for businesses to develop travel plans to reduce their environmental impact.

It may also be an energy review by BEE experts assessing and identifying the most appropriate cost and energy saving opportunities.

Adrian Sampson, of Little Beck properties in Bungay, said: “Within 48 hours of contacting BEE an advisor visited our site and made a comprehensive analysis of one of our buildings.

“This showed that by replacing our gas-fired boiler there would be significant savings in gas used each winter for our tenant and a well worthwhile reduction in CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. A win, win.”

The programme has also proved popular with Grant Hardy of Liquid 11 in Lowestoft.

He said: “BEE Anglia offered great advice and practical help with our projects. I’d recommend any business take the time to see how BEE can help their business.”

Michael Ladd, Waveney’s cabinet member for tourism and economic development was positive about the impact the programme. He said: “Saving money through energy efficiency measures is a straightforward way to reduce costs and help businesses, and the local economy, to thrive.”

The BEE Anglia project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is delivered through a partnership of Suffolk County Council, Norfolk County Council, Groundwork and NWES.

To check whether your business is eligible, please contact BEE Anglia on 01473 350370 or visit www.beeanglia.org

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Other news

Yesterday, 17:18

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Yesterday, 12:44

A team of Royal Navy divers have detonated a 500lb Second World War bomb dropped 60m from a major North Sea gas pipe.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lowestoft was brimming with Christmas spirit as the traditional Christmas lights switch-on took place in the town centre.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

A popular museum showcasing the local area’s automotive history is set to submit plans to expand its facilities.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:18

Police are appealing for witnesses after a man was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Read more
United Kingdom
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Lowestoft was brimming with Christmas spirit as the traditional Christmas lights switch-on took place in the town centre.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:44

A team of Royal Navy divers have detonated a 500lb Second World War bomb dropped 60m from a major North Sea gas pipe.

Read more
Royal Navy
Friday, November 17, 2017

A fire broke out in the communal area of a residential property in Lowestoft early this morning.

Read more
Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service
Friday, October 25, 2013

It draws in thousands of visitors with its exciting rides.

Read more

Later in Life

cover

Click here to view
the Later in Life
supplement

View

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 11°C

min temp: 10°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Lowestoft Journal
e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter