West Berkshire Council

Berkshire businesses get help going green

Advice offered on lowering energy bills.

The Carbon Trust - Green Energy Workshop

Businesses from across Berkshire have spent a morning learning how to reduce energy and lower their energy bills at a workshop run by The Carbon Trust and hosted by West Berkshire Council.

The free workshop was held as part of West Berkshire Council's support for small and medium-sized businesses across the district. As well as giving local companies the opportunity to learn how to identify and implement energy-saving measures, businesses were also told about The Carbon Trust's Small Business Fund. The fund provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £10,000 capital contribution towards energy saving equipment purchase.

The event was attended by 13 businesses based both in West Berkshire and further afield.

Speaking about the workshop Janet Duffield, West Berkshire Council's Economic Development Officer said: "Small companies play a big role in our local economy and we work hard to support them and to provide useful workshops such as this. It was a productive morning and the businesses left enthusiastic about changes they can make themselves and for the clients they work with."

One of the companies represented at the workshop was ProtoCool, an air conditioning company based in Aldermaston. General Manager Steven Crame was particularly interested in the funding available to companies to become greener. Talking about the workshop he said:

"We see it as a possible bolt-on for our customers to help them find funding for the replacement of old air conditioning systems. We come across a lot that need replacing and they can be up to £50,000 so it looks like there is potential to help our clients apply for funding."

Mark Thatcher, an Energy Management Consultant, installs LED lighting and advises customers on how to save energy bills. Mark said:

"A lot of my customers don't think about energy and once they've switched on a light they don't think how much is that using and can I save on my energy bills. I didn't know that you could apply for a grant to make lighting and businesses more efficient so it's good information for the customer."

Another businessman who attended was Lee Smith from Walker Logistics Limited near Membury. Lee said:

"I'm here today to see if we can further enhance the types of things we already do. I'm learning about different approaches and skills. We're always looking for the obvious, like changing lights and heaters but this workshop has been a bit of an eye-opener."

West Berkshire Council is working with the Make It Cheaper to offer an energy-switching scheme for local businesses. Companies are able to speak to a business energy expert for help finding the best energy deal and for assistance switching suppliers. For more information visit the Make it Cheaper - Business Energy Billspage.

Visit our Business Supportpage or more information about the business support available from West Berkshire Council.