High street businesses can benefit from a new eco grant to help them become more sustainable and reduce costs.

Latest update from Telford and Wrekin Council Newsroom:

The eco grant is one of a number of grants available to high street businesses through Telford & Wrekin Council’s Pride in Our High Street programme and has been repackaged to offer greater support during the cost of living crisis.

The new funding aims to help high street businesses during these challenging times and is split into two grants which can both help businesses to save money.

The first fund will support businesses to acquire energy saving products, helping them to reduce their workplace overheads.

Grants of up to £1,500 will help businesses purchase energy saving products from a list of local suppliers that have been checked for ‘best value’.   

The second fund will provide grants of up to £5,000 towards the cost of ceiling or wall insulation to the applicants’ business premises which will keep energy costs down.

A list of recommended local suppliers in Telford and Wrekin will be made available to eligible businesses.

Energy saving products can include energy efficient dishwashers, fridges, freezers and coffee machines and water saving toilets.

Businesses can also use the funding to purchase smaller items such as smart plugs, energy saving extension leads, draft excluders and energy saving power meters.

Programmable thermostats which only use energy when needed as well as LED light panels can also be funded through the grant which can help to reduce electricity significantly.

The grant will also offer a package of proactive support which provides guidance and helps business owners to complete their grant application

As with the existing eco grant, all applications will be reviewed and evaluated by the council’s Business Support team and approved by the Cabinet Member lead for Pride in Our High Streets.   

Once funding has been awarded, business owners will need to submit evidence of how they have spent the money to buy new products or complete energy saving related projects.

The grants are available to registered businesses with high street shops in Dawley, Madeley, Wellington, Newport, Oakengates and Ironbridge.

Quoted from Telford and Wrekin Council’s online newsroom. Original article can be found here: Newsroom – New eco grant gives businesses greater opportunity to reduce costs (telford.gov.uk)

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Caroline Talbot
Author: Caroline Talbot