Resource Efficient Business (REBiz)

If you want to lower your energy usage, reduce your water and waste costs, and minimise your impact on the environment, the REBiz programme could help. We are helping the Leeds City Region and York & North Yorkshire Enterprise Partnerships to deliver this project across West and North Yorkshire.

The fund provides support and advice for SMEs looking to become more resource efficient in the way they do business. You could be eligible for free efficiency audits and consultancy advice, hands-on business support and up to 40% capital grant funding of up to £40,000 to help you save money, material resources and carbon.

If you would like to register your interest and find out how REBiz can support your business, please either contact us or call the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership business support service direct on 0113 348 1818 to speak to a business advisor Alternatively, email with your details and an advisor will call you back.

The Resource Efficiency Fund is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020.

Manufacturing Growth Programme

The Manufacturing Growth Programme provides free advice and support to manufacturing SMEs in the West Midlands, Yorkshire and Humber and parts of the East Midlands and East of England, including grants to help increase your sales, implement management standards, skills enhancement and overcome any operating challenges.

Experienced Manufacturing Growth Managers will work with you to: create plans for growth and improvement; work with the best external experts to implement those plans; provide a capital growth/improvement grant between £2,500 and £10,000 (depending on eligibility and project requirements); connect to wider support to maximise opportunities for growth.

Support is bespoke so the SME gets exactly the right assistance they need. We are currently working with companies under MGP to help them with:
• ISO 14001 development and transition
• Waste management
• Risk management
• Energy & resource efficiency
• Low carbon projects

There are many other areas the MGP can help you with so get in touch to find out more.

ECA Support

The Enhanced Capital Allowance (ECA) Scheme has now ended (April 2020).  However the Energy Technology List (ETL) continues to identify those energy efficient products which have undergone rigorous scrutiny from expert assessors to prove their worth.  Not every manufacturer, supplier or product that could be on the ETL is necessarily there. But the ETL is complemented by an “Energy Technology Criteria List” which details the criteria for inclusion within each product category. This will help you establish what to look for if you are doing your own evaluation of unlisted products, or if you just want to know what attributes are important, or what performance thresholds separate good products from the rest.

Green Loans

A number of banks are offering ‘green loans’ to help organisations improve resource efficiency. These are large loans and the rate of the loan is based on the efficiency savings that can be made. You may want to speak to your own bank about the services they can provide. Examples include:

• Lloyds Bank runs a loan scheme to improve the energy efficiency of commercial buildings.
• As part of the Royal Bank of Scotland, Lombard provide financing for a wide range of assets including equipment, plant, and machinery that can lead to resource efficiency savings i.e. reduced water consumption, reduced waste volumes.
• Barclays Commercial Bank offers Green Cashback Loans – a scheme giving back up to £50,000 to small businesses which are borrowing to finance green initiatives, which is available nationally.