1. Outline of support
We are delighted to have secured funding from South Lakeland District Council to support a number of businesses in the district on a one-to-one basis to help them reduce their carbon emissions. This funding is to be used before the end of March 2023.
We are looking to support a range of different business types. This is so we can capture and share the work with each business as guidance to the many other businesses in South Lakes of a similar nature.
The support will be provided to 12 micro, small or medium sized businesses. We would like to see half of these being from the hospitality industry, as this is a significant sector in South Lakes, with great opportunity for carbon savings to be made.
The support includes up to 20 hours of one-to-one support and a subsidised energy audit (£500 subsidy per audit).
The one-to-one support will start with a meeting with one of our advisors to understand the nature of your businesses, your aspirations and the challenges you face. It will then begin to identify the opportunities you have to reduce the carbon footprint of your business and will shape how the remaining support time can best be used. This might be to help you calculate your carbon footprint, support you to investigate and progress particular solutions, or link you up to the numerous programmes of support that are happening across Cumbria – we can be flexible to accommodate your needs and aspirations.
The support will be documented in a report for you at the end. We will also produce a case study that will focus on the solutions that have been found and positive steps that have been taken. These case studies will be shared with other businesses of a similar type so that they can take similar steps, therefore maximising the impact of the support provided to you. It is likely that we will share this via an online event, where we will invite you as a speaker – but this is optional.
The energy audit will be provided by one of CAfS’ pool of contractors, who we collaborate with closely and whose work we quality assure for consistency. It will look at your current energy consumption and investigate ways in which you can reduce it through measures like reducing your heat loss, being more energy efficient, and switching to renewables.
We recognise that businesses are pushed for time and can’t drop everything to focus on this issue alone. Therefore, the support will generally be provided over a three-month period so that businesses can have time to digest recommendations and interact with our advisors at a manageable pace.
We do however require a commitment from participating businesses that they will:
- actively engage with us within the timescales available
- progress recommendations, where agreed to be appropriate
- support us to share the work we have done together with other businesses via case studies and presentations