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Introduction to energy efficiency and regional business support for small businesses

23 February, 2017, 8:00 am - 10:30 am

Are you a start-up, micro, small or medium sized company?  If you are, then please join us at this FREE energy event.

Here you will receive free energy efficiency training from a Carbon Trust expert.  At the same time, you can find out more about business support and funding available locally.  As a result, you will be better placed to develop and grow your business.


  • 08:00 Breakfast and networking
  • 08:30 Energy Efficiency Training – Carbon Trust
  • 09:15 What further support is available via START2ACT and similar programmes- Carbon Trust
  • 09:30 Derby & Derbyshire Energy Efficiency Project (D2EE) grants and support
  • 09.45 D2N2 Growth Hub support and update from Nick Gostick, Inntropy on the Low Carbon Hub and other regional support programmes
  • 10.00 Energy for Business – Innovate and Collaborate with the University of Nottingham – funded support via ‘Energy for Business’
  • 10:15 Opportunity to talk with the Carbon Trust and other programme managers to discuss and sign up to further support
  • 10:45 Workshop close

START2ACT – The Carbon Trust

At the outset, the Carbon Trust will outline low-to-no cost measures to save energy.  Not only will this reduce your energy consumption, it will also save money.  At the end of the day, you’ll take away an easy to implement action plan.  At the same time, you’ll also be introduced to the funded programmes offering free energy efficiency support to small businesses and start-ups.  One of these programmes is START2ACT, which is funding this business breakfast.  You’ll therefore have the opportunity to be one of the first to sign up to receive one-to-one bespoke START2ACT support.  If you would like to know more, please read on.

In addition, the Carbon Trust representatives will be on hand at the end of the event to discuss how to access further support.


You will then hear about the D2EE low-carbon support and energy efficiency grants programme, for small and medium sized businesses in Derbyshire. Fundamentally this project enables businesses to:

  1. improve their competitiveness by reducing their energy costs;
  2. attract new customers through networking events and activities;
  3. develop and prototype new low carbon products;
  4. improve their own green credentials enabling them to access low-carbon supply chains.

In summary, D2EE will help reduce the carbon emissions of business activities, products and processes.  This is achieved by providing energy efficiency audits and grants (up to £15,000), access to state-of-the-art equipment and also cutting-edge technical expertise to foster improvement and innovation.

Energy for Business

Following this, you will hear about the University of Nottingham’s new energy programme and team.  This new Energy Innovation and Collaboration team forge links between businesses and world-class academics, researchers and graduate talent.  Of course, all these connections are in the energy field.   The university also benefits from close links to the Energy Research Accelerator (ERA).  Therefore this provides unprecedented access to the best energy research expertise and facilities across the Midlands.

In essence, this programme will help businesses become more energy efficient by helping them adopt sustainable and renewable energy technologies.  It will also support those working in energy innovation.  Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire can access funded support.  The Energy for Business programme is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). If you are working on, or planning, an energy-related project, then our team can help.   Expertise includes:

  • Advanced materials
  • Efficient energy buildings
  • Energy systems
  • Energy vectors and storage
  • Fossil energy and carbon capture and storage
  • Human behaviour
  • Renewable energy
  • Smart grids
  • Society, economics and policy

Further help: START2ACT

START2ACT is a Horizon 2020 funded programme.  This aims to reduce energy consumption in the EU by triggering behaviour change in young enterprises.  This is achieved by engaging with entrepreneurs and owners and staff of small businesses.

The business breakfasts are just the start of the START2ACT programme. From April 2017, young SMEs can receive energy efficiency training including 3 one-to-one onsite visits to identify and implement low cost and no cost measures reducing energy consumption.  Group mentoring sessions will also be available for start-ups to learn more about greening products and services, setting sustainable procurement policies and choosing energy efficient premises.  These face-to-face activities will be complemented by an interactive website, providing tips and advice, e-learning modules, an ‘ask the expert’ forum and the opportunity to participate in an energy saving competition.
More information on START2ACT can be found here.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696069.

Carbon TrustSTART2ACTUniversity of NottinghamERDF

Find out more and register

See details of this event and how to book n the Carbon Trust’s website or on the Chamber’s website.


23 February, 2017
8:00 am - 10:30 am


East Midlands Chamber


Nottinghamshire Sustainability & Enterprise Centre
662 Nuthall Road
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG8 8AQ United Kingdom
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