The Low Carbon Business Programme – paid for by the European Regional Development Fund and involving nine partners across Thames Gateway including Southend-on-Sea Borough Council – has been named Britain’s top New Energy Champion of the Year.
This innovative programme helps small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) reduce their carbon footprint thereby making them more competitive.
The scheme has so far assisted 92 such businesses in Southend, and given them the funds to hire a total of 60 apprentices.
This scheme is yet another example of how the Conservative led Council is using all options to improve Southend. It follows on from other EU funding grants such as the match funding for North Road Chapel renovations, the recently announced EU funding to improve local homes, the improved access to the Victorias are but a few examples.