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A new Business Energy Advice Service has launched across Warwickshire.

Warwickshire County Council, on behalf of Warwickshire’s six local authorities, is delighted to announce that they have successfully contracted Coventry City Council to mobilise and deliver a new business energy advice Programme in the county with funding from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

As a branch of the £4.6 million Business Growth Warwickshire Programme, developed and commissioned jointly by Warwickshire County Council, North Warwickshire Borough Council, Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council, Rugby Borough Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council and Warwick District Council, the Warwickshire Business Energy Advice Service (WBEAS), has been designed to support the creation of a green, growing and sustainable economy across Warwickshire through promoting energy efficiency.

The WBEAS package of support offers businesses in Warwickshire the opportunity to:

  • Lower energy costs and reduced exposure to future energy price volatility;
  • Create productivity increases through lower input costs, resulting in cost savings;
  • Increase in environmental credentials, enabling beneficiaries to access new supply chains;
  • Improve access to new markets;
  • Support peer-to-peer learning and collaboration; and
  • Reduce costs and deliver a bottom-line impact for businesses.

Following a successful procurement exercise Coventry City Council has been appointed to deliver the service on behalf of Warwickshire County Council and the five District and Borough Councils. Coventry City Council will be providing these support opportunities in our business community through:

  • Promoting awareness of net zero adoption, across sectors, including a series of workshops (using practical case studies).
  • Increasing business knowhow and understanding to support the implementation of decarbonisation plans.
  • Offering 1-to-1 support from Specialist Environmental Advisors including an audit to quantify potential carbon savings, and development of a decarbonisation plan.
  • Facilitating access for SME to online toolkits – to capture quantified CO2e and associated economic savings.
  • Signposting SME to additional relevant services, including some grant opportunities where eligible for implementing decarbonisation & energy efficiency plans.

Cllr David Wright, Leader of North Warwickshire Borough Council said, "North Warwickshire Borough Council are pleased to be supporting the Warwickshire Business Energy Advice Service, a significant initiative paving the way towards a green, sustainable economy. As a council we've set targets and commitments to work with our communities, partners, local businesses, and other key stakeholders. By achieving these targets, we will ensure all our processes, buildings and services are Net-Zero carbon by 2030."

It is anticipated that the WBEAS support programme will include a Government funded capital grant scheme to support businesses with low carbon adoption identified within the decarbonisation plans. Updates on this will be circulated once confirmed.

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Find out what other support is available to your business by calling Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub on 0300 060 3747 or visit the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub website at

Published: Monday, 26th February 2024