LoCASE is a new business support programme offering information, advice and grants to businesses in the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SELEP) region, which includes Essex, Southend, Thurrock, Kent, Medway and East Sussex.
The programme builds upon two highly successful projects delivered across the region over the past 6 years, Low Carbon Business and Low Carbon Plus, and brings together three key support stands to encourage growth and innovation in the low carbon sector and promote energy efficiency for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
The main aims of the programme are to stimulate the local economy, support growth in the low carbon sector, encourage businesses to cut their costs by reducing their energy consumption, and lower carbon emissions by over 6500 Tonnes across the SELEP region.
Eligible businesses can apply for match funded grant of up to £10,000, which can be used to cover the cost of buying new plant and machinery, IT and software, consultancy costs, and to help them implement energy efficiency measures for their business, such as new heating and lighting systems.
The LoCASE project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2014-2020. This is a partnership between Kent County Council, East Sussex County Council, Essex County Council, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Thurrock Council and the University of Brighton.
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