BEST Returns to Support Local Businesses in Energy Efficiency Efforts
As winter approaches and energy prices remain high, the Business Energy Saving Team (BEST) project is back to provide energy advice and guidance to local businesses in Northumberland, North Tyneside, Newcastle and Gateshead. Funded by the UK Government Shared Prosperity Funding, the project has been awarded £0.8m through the North of Tyne Combined Authority to supported businesses until March 2025, and a further £230,000 to support those operating in the Gateshead Borough. BEST is focusing on empower businesses and organisations to enhance their energy efficiency, reduce costs, and lower their carbon footprint.
Building upon the success of the previous European funded BEST project, BEST is well-positioned to offer tailored energy efficiency support to businesses of all sizes in the region. The program offers a comprehensive range of services to help businesses optimise their energy usage and make sustainable choices:
1. Cost-Effective Solutions: BEST offers advice on low-cost and no-cost best practices to minimise energy consumption and reduce operational costs.
2. On-Site Energy Audits: For a more in-depth analysis, businesses can benefit from on-site energy audit reviews to identify potential energy-saving opportunities.
3. Large-Scale Energy Monitoring: BEST can assist with the implementation of large-scale energy monitoring systems and provide recommendations for significant energy efficiency improvements.
All support provided is customised to fit the unique needs and scale of each organisation, ensuring that businesses can make informed decisions regarding their energy efficiency initiatives.
One of BEST’s key offerings is the opportunity for organisations to receive a grant contribution up to 40% toward energy efficiency improvements, making it easier for businesses to prioritise cost savings and enhance their resilience in the face of rising energy prices.
Beyond cost savings, BEST is on a mission to help local businesses reduce their carbon footprint. With environmental consciousness on the rise and consumers seeking out eco-friendly businesses, BEST supports organisations in making sustainable choices that align with their values and attract environmentally conscious customers.
“We are excited to continue our journey of helping local businesses thrive while reducing their energy costs and environmental impact. BEST is not just about saving money; it’s about making responsible choices for a sustainable future. Reducing our carbon impact is a key priority for local authorities in our region, and we are proud to be leading this project with our local authority neighbours to help our local businesses make positive changes that will benefit us all”, David Orr, BEST Project Manager.