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What is the Business Energy Efficiency Programme?

The Business Efficiency Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) provides free energy and resource efficiency reviews and grants of up to £20,000 for SME businesses within Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire who wish to use their energy more efficiently; reducing costs and improving environmental credentials and impacts.

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, and is administered by Worcestershire County Council in partnership with Herefordshire Council, Telford & Wrekin council, Worcestershire’s six district councils and Herefordshire and Worcestershire and Shropshire Chambers of Commerce.

The programme is available to businesses throughout Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford & Wrekin and Shropshire.


What is on offer?

We are offering free energy efficiency assessments which could lead to grants for businesses who wish to use their energy more efficiently, reducing costs and improving environmental credentials.

Step 1: Energy & Resource Efficiency Assessment

An Energy Advisor will assess your equipment, premises, processes and performance to identify opportunities for improvements in energy usage. You will then receive a report detailing recommendations for improvement.

Step 2: Grant Application

Following your assessment you can apply for a grant of up to £20,000. The grant intervention rate is 40% e.g. if your project costs £10,000, your contribution is £6,000 and we provide £4,000. The minimum grant is £1,000.

The grant can fund:

  • lighting which includes movement / light sensors
  • variable speed drives & compressors
  • electric forklift & machinery
  • energy efficient equipment that leads to process improvements
  • systems offering better use of heat or waste heat
  • energy efficient refrigeration equipment
  • renewable technologies (where FIT's and RHI's are not claimed)
  • energy storage
  • energy management
  • fast shutting doors
  • heating (including boilers), insulation and double/triple glazing
  • waste reduction and recycle
  • water recovery
  • heat recovery

Eligibility

To qualify, your business must:

  1. Be situated in and trading from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Telford and Wrekin or Shropshire
  2. Employ fewer than 250 employees
  3. Have a turnover of less than 50 million Euros per annum or a balance sheet of less than 43 million Euros
  4. Minimum energy spend applies
  5. Full European Regional Development Funding (ERDF) eligibility applies. We conduct a full business eligibility assessment when you apply to the programme

Some industries such as primary agriculture and retail are not eligible. Retail is defined as the provision of goods and services to the general public and this support is aimed at business-to-business. Other activities are excluded such as social welfare and education facilities, banking and insurance.

Priority will be given to businesses that help meet the project aims.

Support is subject to the availability of funding.


How to apply

To apply for an assessment and grant email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Worcestershire Business Central on 01905 677888 or

Download the Business Energy Efficiency Programme registration form