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. The aim is to help your business to become more competitive and profitable while protecting the environment and encouraging low carbon solutions.
To do this, LoCASE provides grants for businesses of up to £10,000 as well as training workshops and fully funded events. Targeted business support is on offer for companies who offer “green” or low carbon goods and services.
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”. This work will offer focused, individual support to SMEs (including social enterprises) improving competitiveness and creating jobs through increased energy efficiency and new low carbon business across the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) areas of South East (SELEP), Solent, Coast 2 Capital and Enterprise M3.
Achieving these ambitious targets means creating and encouraging collaboration of a range of stakeholders, sectors and supply chains across the South and East. This builds on the shared aims of linking the economy, environment and sustainability, bringing them into reality through best practice. Whether it be unlocking funding for an energy efficiency upgrade to their operations, to develop or improve their ‘green’ product/service or simply assisting them to streamline or innovate, LoCASE is here to support businesses.
WHERE IS LOCASE DELIVERED AND FOR HOW LONG?
LoCASE is being delivered from Spring 2016 until Spring 2023 across the South and East. The partnership consists of local authorities and universities across four Local Enterprise areas which are SELEP, Coast to Capital, Enterprise M3 and Solent. SMEs are able to seamlessly access the programme through multiple routes including local authority or Growth Hub referral, engagement at awareness raising events and peer to peer recommendation. If you’ve already benefitted or know someone that has, don’t be afraid to share information about the programme by word of mouth – our funding is secure and available until Spring 2023.
If you would like to register your interest to receive a grant, please complete and submit the Eligibility Questionnaire. Guidance is available to help understand the variety of project costs that grant funding can support