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Free energy efficiency support for young SMEs

The Carbon Trust has launched a new programme to provide small companies and start-ups with consulting and mentoring services on energy efficiency.

The Carbon Trust has launched a new programme to provide small companies and start-ups with consulting and mentoring services on energy efficiency.

The EU-funded START2ACT programme is open to startups and SMEs that have less than 50 employees and have been running for less than five years.

It is part of a package of free-of-charge mentoring and training activities taking place across nine European counties: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and the UK. 

The aim of the programme is to help small businesses to identify and implement low cost energy saving measures and “lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable growth”.

Support offer

Young SMEs will benefit from three one-to-one sessions with an expert from the Carbon Trust to help understand their energy use and make changes, as well as being able to access a series of breakfast events across the UK.

Start-ups will benefit from mentoring sessions to help increase energy efficiency and other topics such as greening their products and services or establishing a sustainable procurement policy.

From mid-2017, an open-access interactive online platform will also be launched with a variety of energy efficiency resources and an eLearning course.

Greater Manchester

In Greater Manchester specifically, companies are eligible for further energy efficiency support from the Business Growth Hub – including ‘quick wins’ workshops across the city region, ongoing one-to-one support and an online green business pledge platform.

To find out more about the support available in Greater Manchester, click here