Make the most of support available for Lancashire SMEs
Mark Nelson, Business Engagement Officer, MaCaW Project, University of Central Lancashire
According to the Carbon Trust, 67 per cent of consumers support the demand for “green” products and there is a wealth of free support available to SMEs across the county.
As businesses grow and enter new supply chains, it is becoming a common requirement to demonstrate the commitment to reducing carbon footprints. For many businesses, this is a daunting task.
However, there are plenty of simple ways that businesses can address this, with additional benefits including significant cost savings.
Businesses can start by:
- Nominating an ‘Energy Champion’ to promote energy efficiency throughout the business
- Regularly monitoring energy use so it can be compared with weather, production or sector specific standards
- Conducting walkaround energy surveys to identify where energy use is concentrated, understand how it can be controlled and identify opportunities to make savings
- Committing to an achievable reduction target and reviewing regularly to reflect improvements made
- Exploring upgrades to equipment to reduce energy use, increase production capacity and develop new product lines
- While these suggestions might seem obvious, many businesses overlook them. As energy bills rise and carbon reporting becomes increasingly compulsory, it’s important to be prepared now.
Lancashire businesses aren’t in this alone. There are ERDF funded projects, such as the MaCaW Project that can help SMEs reduce their carbon footprint, in addition to providing financial support to purchase more efficient equipment. Be sure to make use of these while they are available.
MaCaW is a University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) project, an industry and academic collaboration funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and supported by Boost; Lancashire’s business growth hub.