Free workshop aims to help firms spend less on energy

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 8 Jan 2019

SMALL businesses are being encouraged to commit to spending less on their energy in 2019 with the help of a free workshop taking place in Grimsby later this month.

Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire, the £9.2 million local authority-led project to help companies save energy, save money and save carbon, is hosting the two-day event.

It will be supported by academic experts from the University of Applied Sciences Trier’s Institut fur angewandtes Stroffstrommanagement (IfaS) in Germany.

IfaS works on green projects around the world and has helped multinational companies such as Continental, Procter and Gamble and Evonik Industries improve their energy use. Topics covered will include heating, lighting, refrigeration, and staff behaviour towards energy use.

Read more: Small businesses look to a smart green future

Smart Energy Greater Lincolnshire programme manager, Helen Norris, said: “We’re inviting small businesses to join our free January workshops.

“Businesses across a wide range of sectors are eligible to take part so whether you are running a shop, a salon, or a software company, we can help you use energy in a greener way that’s better for the planet and your profit.

“The new year is often a time when people are thinking about their business goals for the months ahead so now is a great opportunity to see how simple changes can make a positive difference.”

North East Lincolnshire Council was awarded £5.4m funding from the European Regional Development Fund to deliver the project, alongside private sector investment.

Larger companies can apply for grants covering up to 38 per cent of the cost of bigger energy upgrades as part of the project, which will run until March 2021. The event takes place on January 29 and 30. To book visit

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