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Webinar: Carbon Trust’s Green Business Fund* and Green Business Directory, 7 July 2016
On 21st March 2016 the Carbon Trust opened the Green Business Fund* for small and medium sized businesses in Scotland, England and Wales. The Green Business Fund is designed to help SMEs identify energy saving opportunities and to develop a robust business case for the purchase of the appropriate equipment. The programme of support includes a capital contribution of 15% of the project cost (up to a max of £10,000) to small and medium sized businesses installing energy saving equipment. This could mean up to £10,000 towards energy saving measures to help reduce costs, save energy and save carbon.
For SMEs to access this capital they must use a supplier / installer who is accredited by the Carbon Trust. Suppliers must accredit and become listed on the Carbon Trust Green Business Directory in order for their customers to take advantage of the fund. The aim of this webinar was to inform the supply chain about the Green Business Fund and how they can take advantage and help their customers.
The webinar is part of a series of events funded by the Scottish Government through the Sustainable Energy Supply Chain programme from the Energy Saving Trust.
Topics covered included:
*subject to criteria, terms and conditions apply
You can view a recording of this webinar here.
What is a webinar?
A webinar is simply a presentation you can join online from the comfort of your own home or office. Using your computer and telephone, you can hear a presentation (like a conference call) and also see the presenter's slides (watching over an internet connection). You won't be able to see the presenter or the moderator, or others attending the program and they won't be able to see you. Webinars are usually relatively short, perhaps between 30 and 45 minutes long.
Microgeneration industry focus group: feedback on barriers facing the microgeneration industry in Scotland - 23rd June, Glasgow
The Sustainable Energy Supply Chain programme in partnership with Scottish Renewables held a free workshop to get industry feedback on the key barriers facing the microgeneration industry in Scotland.
The output of this workshop will be a report highlighting the key barriers facing the industry in Scotland which will be shared with the Scottish Government. The report is also expected to include recommendations for overcoming these barriers.
Topics covered included:
- MCS requirements (costs, time and paperwork involved)
- planning requirements
- consumer advice
- DNO connection requirements
- technology specific issues
Public Procurement workshops
Tendering for energy efficiency and renewables contracts - June 2016
The Energy Saving Trust in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme held their second series of one day procurement workshops to help SME contractors and suppliers write winning tender submissions. The workshops provided companies with the skills and tools to bid for energy efficiency and renewables contracts in the public sector. They also helped contractors and suppliers who want to understand public procurement and learn to submit better bids.
The workshops took place during the first two weeks of June in Inverary, Perth, Dumfries and Edinburgh.
Topics discussed included:
- Why Public Procurement regulations are important and recent changes you need to know about.
- Writing better bids and top tips for public (and private) sector bids.
- Selling to the public sector and why it's different.
- Finding opportunities.
- Do you really know what you are "selling", who are you "selling" to?
- Invitation to tender.
- Most economically advantageous tender.
- What to do if you are unsuccessful.
Find out more about Procurement and download our Procurement Guide here.