North Tyneside Council recognise the impact of the rising cost of living on businesses across the borough. Although the Council cannot help with rising costs, energy bills, supply chains etc for businesses, there are a number of resources, support and in some cases grants available to assist your business to reduce its carbon footprint and become more sustainable.
Learn more about North Tyneside Council’s aim to achieve carbon net zero by 2030.
Please see below for more information on the specific assistance available.
Sustainability Consultancy Workshops
Locally, North Tyneside Council offers support to businesses to guide them through becoming more sustainable and reducing their carbon footprint
Both new start businesses and Small & Medium Sized Businesses (up to 250 employees) can access free workshops delivered by sustainability consultants outlining carbon neutrality & sustainability, provide you with an overview of what climate change is and why your business should have a green policy.
BEST Energy Efficiency Audits and Grant
BEST aims to reduce energy use and costs in SMEs and Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSEs) in the North of Tyne area through free advice, energy efficiency audits and grant support. The programme is open to both property owners and leaseholders. BEST Programme
To discuss whether you qualify for the programme, contact Vanessa Murphy, Business Development Officer, Email: email@example.com Telephone: 0777 930 3805
Carbon Reduction Awards
The North Tyneside Carbon Reduction Award Scheme is a means by which local organisations can show their green credentials in tackling climate change by reducing their own carbon emissions and making a positive difference.
North Tyneside businesses can work towards a Bronze, Silver and Gold standard. More information can be found at Carbon Reduction Award Scheme leaflet
or by contacting:-
Environmental Sustainability Team
Telephone: (0191) 643 6505
The North Tyneside Climate Adaptation Toolkit
The North Tyneside Climate Emergency Board was set up by North Tyneside Council in 2022 to address the urgent need for action in the fight against climate change. The Board is made up of public sector organisations and commercial and industrial businesses, working together to combat the climate crisis. This toolkit has been developed for businesses and the third sector to assess, evaluate, plan and monitor risks to their day-to-day operations related to extreme weather. By following this approach and using knowledge of services and operational processes, any organisation can transition towards better climate resilience. For more information and to access the toolkit resources see brochure below.
North East Growth Hub
This is a searchable database of resources available to businesses in the North East. Key search terms, for example, ‘low carbon’ ‘renewable,’ ‘workplace charging,’ ‘net zero,’ will search for the most up to date offers of support to enable your business to reduce its carbon footprint, or to support the development of an innovation that can assist net zero ambitions.
Access the Net Zero Toolkit.
The Carbon Trust have a Carbon Footprint Calculator available to businesses.
There is also a useful SME’s guide to reducing your carbon footprint and environmental impact from the Retail Merchant Services.
Green New Deal Fund by North of Tyne Combined Authority
This fund encourages green growth and innovation through a mix of loan, equity loan and grants to Small and Medium Sized Enterprises with a minimum project spend of £400,000 (50% grant). Projects must deliver significant carbon savings and help create new jobs and develop skills in the region’s green and low carbon industries.
ToNetZero by North of Tyne Combined Authority
ToNetZero is a flexible programme for residents of Tyneside and Northumberland working in and running small businesses that want to learn, plan and implement a course To NetZero in their business or workplace.
National and Government-led Support
- Make the Commitment to reducing your carbon emissions pledge – includes tools and resources.
- Workplace Charging Scheme – up to 75% grant towards purchase & installation of EV charging equipment.
- TIGGOR – Technology Innovation & Green Growth for Offshore Renewables (Offshore related green grant). A technology assessment and business growth support.
- MCS Charitable Foundation MCS Foundation funds projects which accelerate the adoption of renewable energy and low carbon technologies. Grants from £5,000 - £50,000 are available to organisations who can provide a national reach or develop and demonstrate an innovative approach which can be replicated, adapted or scaled up. Grants of up to £100,000 are available for exceptional projects.
- Clean Growth Fund invests in technology businesses that are driving the transition to net zero through developing disruptive products and services. The fund amount for each business varies from £500,000 - £3 million but can be higher due to follow up rounds.
- Industrial Energy Transformation Fund – Phase 3 available from May 2023. (Phases 1 and 2 are closed to applications). The fund supports businesses with high energy use to transition to a low carbon future, and to cut their energy bills and carbon emissions through increased energy efficiency and decarbonisation relating to the industrial process itself. It is a crucial part of the Government’s strategy for tackling climate change and reaching Net Zero by 2050. For more information about the IETF and the application process contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) assists SMEs to develop an innovative automotive related product or service to support net zero (up to £135k combined grant, technical support and mentoring)
- Energy Technology list – this is a Government certified list of energy efficient machinery includes boilers. Energy Technology List (ETL)
Boiler and Energy Efficiency Upgrade Schemes
Commercial Property Boiler Upgrade Scheme
Ofgem, funded by BEIS (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), have a scheme to replace oil, gas and electric heating systems in small commercial buildings. The owner of the commercial property can access £5,000 towards an air source heat pump, £6k towards a ground source heat pump and £5k towards a biomass boiler (Biomass for rural areas only). Email for more detail : BUS.email@example.com.
Big Energy Saving Loans
Social Enterprises and charities can access loan funding between £20,000 and £150,000 to help reduce their energy costs through insulation, boiler replacement and LED lighting. Delivered by Big Issue Invest. Loans only, no grant available.
Support to navigate all of the available support
Our Business Development Officer Vanessa Murphy can help guide you through all local, regional and national support available, matching you with the most appropriate connections to help you to reduce your carbon emissions, become more sustainable and grow your business.
Telephone: 0777 930 3805