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£2m green funding for Lancashire businesses

A three-year partnership between private and public organisations in Lancashire has been launched to give companies free support to improve efficiency and cut their carbon footprint.

A three-year partnership between private and public organisations in Lancashire has been launched to give companies free support to improve efficiency and cut their carbon footprint.

The ‘Chamber Low Carbon’ partnership is made up of energy consultancy Businesswise Solutions, the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and Lancashire County Council’s Boost programme.

Expert support

The EU-funded £2 million scheme offers support on environmental and energy-saving projects, which will be delivered via a suite of masterclasses and one-to-one support, including on-site energy reviews.

It also provides support for any Lancashire businesses working to develop new carbon-reducing technology and get it to market.

The scheme is similar to the support available to Greater Manchester businesses through the Business Growth Hub.

‘Leading Lancashire’

Frazer Durris, managing director of Businesswise Solutions, said: “The government has a long-term commitment to delivering a low carbon future and has set a timeline of objectives to work towards.

“Chamber Low Carbon has been launched to tackle these objectives; helping Lancashire businesses to identify and deliver small-scale efficiency saving opportunities as well as advising on future-proof solutions to meet the demands of a low carbon economy and increase renewable energy generation.

“With a wealth of successes in delivering energy improvement programmes to clients across multiple disciplines, we are very well placed to play a key role in the project and look forward to leading Lancashire to a better, low carbon future.”

Miranda Barker, chief executive of the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, added: “We’re really looking forward to working with our partners across the county and bringing green benefits to both the environment and business community.”