...by improving business competitiveness through the implementation of energy and resource efficiency measures and reducing CO2 emissions
...by bringing together demand and local supply across the region and driving new low carbon/renewable energy products and services.
...by working with businesses to embed bespoke innovation into their products or processes using academic expertise.
We are delighted to announce that we have had our follow on programmes approved by HM Government. This means that we are in a position to help our South and East SMEs with grant funding (including those we’ve helped previously) right up until Spring 2023. This can be standard SMEs in the region who are looking at ‘green’ projects or LCREE/EGSS firms seeking grant funding for business development purposes, especially pertinent through COVID-19 adaptation. Maximum 40% ERDF grant contributions will remain at a limit of £10K with the minimum grant of £1K for qualifying projects. There is going to be plenty of funding available to help our SMEs in this difficult transition time. We have worked hard behind the scenes to try to adapt and streamline our delivery and processes to best suit this increasingly digital world but there will still be real people to talk to and assist in your locality!
Totalling over £52.6 million and funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014 – 2020, The Low Carbon Across the South and East Programme is a partnership between Kent County Council, East Sussex County Council, Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council, University of Brighton, West Sussex County Council, Surrey County Council, Rushmoor Borough Council, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Winchester City Council, Isle of Wight Council, Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, and the University of Portsmouth.
LoCASE has helped a grand total of 1,278 SMEs across the SELEP region.
£7.05 million of ERDF grants were claimed by 929 SMEs.
What is LoCASE and how can my business benefit?
The Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme is supported by the European Regional Development Fund to provide a free business support programme in the South and East.
How will it do it?
The LoCASE Programme brings together 3 key requirements for the growth of a low carbon economy – “Stimulating Demand”, “Supporting Supply” and “Transferring Knowledge”.