CircoSense helps customers to access new EU funding in the South East

If you are a small business based in the Kent, Medway, Essex, Thurrock, Southend or East Sussex region, then you may be eligible for support for your projects targeting improving energy efficiency and sustainability. Aimed at companies with less than 250 employees, the Low Carbon Across the South East (LoCASE) programme is now operational until spring 2019.

LoCASE will provide a consistent, accessible business support programme across the SELEP area. This will help businesses optimise the use of resources and adopt eco-innovative and low carbon solutions in ways that improve business performance in terms of resilience, profitability and competitiveness, at the same time contributing to the protection and preservation of the environment.

Part of the support available is a sizeable pot of match funded grants up to £10,000 for suitable projects, covering both capital and revenue actions for the SME. This is designed to increase the impact and reduce the financial risk associated with investing in new products and/or processes so as to realise business and environmental benefits sooner. 40% towards the costs can’t be bad!

One simple way of improving energy efficiency is to install the innovative CircoSense device, which reduces the cost of heating hot water through using smart technology to learn usage patterns in commercial buildings, lowering energy bills and reducing carbon emissions

The programme is supported by funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will be delivered over 3 years across the entire SELEP region by each of the Delivery Partners, utilising existing extensive networks operated by individual Unitary, Borough and District Authorities. SMEs will be able to seamlessly access the programme through multiple routes. This will include local authority referral, growth hub referral, and engagement at awareness raising events as well as through peer to peer referral. For more details please contact the team by any of the following means:

Essex: Lisa Ricketts, Business Liaison and Delivery Manager, Thurrock Council, Civic Offices, New Road, Grays, RM17 6SL,

Email: business@thurrock.gov.uk

Tel: 01375 652271

Kent: Rob Robinson, Sustainable Business Project Manager, 1st Floor, Invicta House, Maidstone, ME14 1XX

Email: lowcarbon@kent.gov.uk

Tel: 03000 415111

CircoSense: Darren Britnell, Regional Business Development London & South, Unit 14 Fleming Court, 2 North Avenue, Clydebank Business Park, G81 2DR

Email: d.britnell@circosense.com

Tel: 07725 716977