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Businesses across the borough benefited from a showcase event to support them through the energy crisis.

Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom:

Representatives from 40 businesses attended the in-person ‘Energy Efficiency and Resilience’ session on Wednesday 8 February at AFC Telford United.

Telford & Wrekin Council joined forces with Shropshire Chamber of Commerce to host the event which helped delegates learn more about the range of support which is available to help businesses reduce energy costs and become more resilient during the energy and cost of living crisis challenges they currently face.

It brought together local partners and organisations and offered advice and guidance on ways to move closer to net zero, invest in the future for growth and build resilience through planning and support.

A fantastic line up of speakers at the event included Tim Yair of Midlands Net Zero Hub who talked about the Marches Energy Grant and Deb Cairns, Director of E4 Environment Ltd, who spoke about the Cool Shropshire & Telford programme and the new 1-2-1 consultancy offer.

Nathan Badger, Director of Optimise Energy UK, also provided more information about the energy market, how to combat it through strategic buying and renewable tech to support a net zero Journey.  

There were further talks from Alex Thompson, Sales Director of AceOn, who gave businesses top tips about reducing energy costs and Tim Luft, Founder of high growth tech company Woote Ltd, who gave a presentation business resilience through challenging times.

The event was also an opportunity for Telford based businesses to network with each other and share best practice.

Businesses who attended the session included Bridge Cheese, Cosma Casting UK and Fabweld Steel Products.

Michael Harte, Director at Bridge Cheese, said: “The event was really informative and it was really useful to listen to what other people are sharing, their thoughts and their ideas. I certainly came away with a lot of ideas and thoughts to take back to our business.”

Craig Perry, Financial Controller at Cosma Casting UK – Magna International, said: “It was a really interesting session. We’ve learnt a lot and gained some good ideas for us to take away and look at further.”

Wayne Carter, Managing Director of Fabweld Steel Products, said: “This was genuinely one of the best events I’ve ever been to.

“It was very focussed on the niche area that we’re looking at and I think there are opportunities, not only to improve our environmental credentials and renewables but also to actually generate more revenue for the business.”

The council’s business support and inward investment team, Enterprise Telford, continues to help local businesses navigate their way through these challenging times.

Councillor Lee Carter (Lab), Telford & Wrekin Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Services, Regeneration and the High Street, said: “The energy market has seen dramatic changes over the past twelve months and managing energy has been very difficult for businesses across the UK.

“As well as continuing to support businesses with a range of grants through our Pride in Our High Street programme, the expertise that our Enterprise Telford team can offer businesses during these challenging times can be invaluable.

“This event has given businesses the opportunity to implement more energy efficient measures which can save them money in the short and long term.”

You can find out more about the Enterprise Telford support for businesses here.

Photo credit Telford & Wrekin Council online newsroom: Cllr Eileen Callear, right, with Deb Cairns, Director of E4 Environment at the event.

Quoted from Telford and Wrekin Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Newsroom – Businesses benefit from council’s energy efficiency and resilience event (

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Caroline Talbot
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