Aston launches ‘low carbon’ programme for SMEs


1 November 2017

  • £12,250 grants and expert advice on offer to help small businesses reduce their carbon footprint
  • Programme open to high-energy-using SMEs in the Birmingham and Solihull LEP
  • Launch event on Thursday 23 November, 10pm–1pm, at Millennium Point, Birmingham.

Aston University is offering financial support and expert advice to small businesses in Birmingham and Solihull to help them to reduce their carbon footprint.

The Low Carbon SME programme will provide free support to SMEs located in the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP area, to reduce their energy costs, carbon footprint and enhance resource efficiency.

Energy efficiency grants of up to £12,250 are on offer to businesses willing to match it with their own funds. Companies can also sign up to a free 2-5 day diagnostic session to identify energy and process efficiency savings.

Eligible businesses are invited to attend the programme launch event on Thursday 23 November, 10am–1pm. It will be held at the Connect Event Space on Level 2 of Millennium Point in Birmingham City Centre. Lunch will be provided.

The programme, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund, will also provide the opportunity to network with industry experts and highly qualified academics and show them how to take advantage of lucrative supply chain opportunities by enhancing low carbon credentials.

To register for the event, visit or call 0121 204 4610.


Notes to the editor

About Aston University

Founded in 1895 and a University since 1966, Aston is a long established research-led university known for its world-class teaching quality, and strong links to business and the professions. Aston University is located in Birmingham and at the heart of a vibrant city and the campus houses all the university’s academic, social and accommodation facilities for our students.  Professor Alec Cameron is the Vice Chancellor & Chief Executive.

Aston has been a leading university for graduate employment success for over 25 years and our students do extremely well in securing top jobs and careers.  Our strong relationships with industry partners mean we understand the needs of employers, which is why we are also ranked in the top 20 for graduate employability.

About the European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to £605,785 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

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