The Low Carbon Across the South & East (LoCASE) programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme in the South East. Its aim is to help businesses become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions. Whether it be unlocking funding for an energy efficiency upgrade to your operations, to develop or improve your ‘green’ product/service or simply assisting you to streamline or innovate, LoCASE is here to help support your sustainable business growth. To do this, LoCASE provides grants for businesses from £1,000 up to £10,000 (40% of qualifying expenditure - with the remainder 'matched' by your business) as well as training workshops and fully funded events. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer “green” or low carbon goods and services. The LoCASE Programme brings together 3 key requirements for the growth of a low carbon economy – “Stimulating Demand”, “Supporting Supply” and “Transferring Knowledge”. This work will offer focused, individual support to SMEs (including social enterprises) across the South East Local Enterprise Partnership area, improving competitiveness and creating jobs through increased energy efficiency and new low carbon business. Achieving these ambitious targets means creating and encouraging collaboration of a range of stakeholders, sectors and supply chains across the South East. This builds on the shared aims of linking the economy, environment and sustainability, bringing them into reality through best practice.
If you would like to register your interest to receive a grant, please complete and submit the Eligibility Questionnaire on our website. Guidance is also available to help understand the variety of costs you might receive grant support towards. Any business can use this money toward having energy efficiency measures installed for their business. The grant can contribute to both the cost of materials or equipment and any installation. Projects which save on fuel/mileage are also acceptable. If your business offers low carbon (or “green”) goods or services, a business development grant is also available to you. You can claim against costs such as marketing, consultancy, equipment, IT software, product/process development, accreditation and certification.
The Steps To Environmental Management (STEM) scheme can help your business operate in a more environmentally friendly way, save money and win new business. It provides tools and templates to build an environmental management system aligned with the requirements of ISO 14001, a widely recognised international standard, or help you redesign an existing system. Workshops are laid on free of charge, which focus on each of the three stages of the scheme so you are able to progress at your own speed. Alternatively, you can be provided the material to work through in your own time. Businesses that complete each level of the scheme to receive an electronic certificate and a logo they can use to demonstrate their ongoing commitment to the environment.
Innovation, R&D and growth support to help low carbon / environmental sector companies develop new products and services is available via the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform and other regional universities. The University’s Green Growth Platform is an award-winning green business-innovation network on a mission to help create robust, future-proof businesses that minimise their impact on the planet. How we help We provide businesses developing clean and green products, services and processes with: • Access to university facilities and expertise • Commercialisation advice, coaching and workshops • An investment readiness programme Businesses can work with us at any stage of their innovation journey, from early concept development to taking a new product or service to market. The Green Growth Platform is the South East Regional Hub of Clean Growth UK, a national business-innovation network that has collectively supported 1000s of businesses across the UK to innovate and grow. Clean Growth UK has hubs in Brighton, Liverpool and Portsmouth. To find out more about how the Green Growth Platform can help you, the events we run and how to join us, visit Clean Growth UK at www.clean-growth.uk.