Following the approval of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) allocation, Fylde Council is delighted to announce a further partnership that will see an experienced provider delivering support to businesses across Fylde in achieving their low-carbon ambitions, fully funded by the UKSPF.
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce will be delivering their award winning ‘Chamber Low Carbon’ programme to businesses who need expert advice and support in transitioning to Net Zero and developing their decarbonisation plans.
Decarbonisation is a tool to get to Net Zero and involves devising and implementing new and innovative methods to reduce carbon emissions. A business with a decarbonisation plan not only demonstrates their commitment to reducing their carbon footprint, which in turn can improve opportunities for winning new work contracts, but also enables them to be one step ahead of competitors and save money on energy and other associated costs.
The ‘Chamber Low Carbon’ project can assist your business in:
- Helping reduce your carbon footprint.
- Reducing costs and improve performance.
- Advising on the installation of on-site renewable energy generation.
- Supporting your employment growth and upskilling ambitions.
- Helping you develop low carbon technology and innovation, and bring those products to market.
If your business is in Fylde and you would like to better understand decarbonisation, get support with your low-carbon ambitions and reduce costs, this free support will be available until March 2025.
East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce have a wealth of experience in this field, delivering low-carbon business support programmes since 2018, engaging with more 1,000 small and medium enterprises across Lancashire. The success of their programmes earned them the title of ‘Best Climate Project’ at the 2021 World Chambers Congress.
Stephen Sykes, Director of Sustainability for Chamber Low Carbon, said; “The 6th Assessment Synthesis Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stated that we have the technology and knowledge to keep global warming to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels but we need to deploy and do it fast, the support offered by the Chamber Low Carbon programme can help businesses put their best foot forward, remain competitive and seek new opportunities”.
Miranda Barker, OBE and Chief Executive Officer for East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, said: “All businesses are now under multiple pressures to take action on their own carbon footprint, whether that’s to reduce your energy bills and safeguard your firm, to enable you to continue to supply into major customers who demand that you have a carbon reduction plan if you want to work with them – like the NHS from 2024, or even just to secure better rates on insurance and finance in the future. This pressure is coming for all businesses to take control of their own environmental impact - the Fylde Council Chamber Low Carbon program can help you do just that”.
Fylde Councillor Karen Buckley said: “We are delighted to be working with East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce on their ‘Chamber Low Carbon’ project, which lends crucial assistance to Fylde’s businesses. We value all the businesses in Fylde, the contribution they make to the local economy and the important role they play in the fight against climate change. Using UKSPF monies, this new partnership can help businesses to remain competitive in a changing market, whilst accelerating progress in reducing carbon emissions and tackling the climate emergency.”
If you feel your business could benefit from this project, or if you want to know what other support is available, please get in touch. Visit our dedicated business website InvestinFylde.co.uk or email Invest@Fylde.gov.uk and our team will be in touch.
To read more about Fylde Council’s UKSPF programme, including the approved Investment Plan, visit the Fylde Council website.
The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus
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