Business Energy Saving Team (BEST)
A fully-funded energy efficiency audit to help your business save energy and money.
BEST is a new fully-funded energy efficiency service to help small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in North Tyneside, Gateshead, Newcastle, Northumberland and Sunderland generate savings.
Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by local councils, the service consists of an independent fully-funded energy efficiency audit, designed to help businesses identify ways to save energy in day to day operations, thereby saving money and helping to reduce their carbon-footprint.
Introduction to European Funding
The two main European Funding programmes in the North East are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and European Social Fund (ESF) programmes.
The European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) will allocate more than £450m to the North East for 2014-2020. The two main European Funding programmes are the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Social Fund (ESF). These two programmes aim to support the North East Strategic Economic Plan for the targeted period.
North East Technical Assistance Project
This project provides advisory support to the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) project applicants in the North East LEP area in order to promote the design and development of compliant projects at both outline and full application stages. The project will raise awareness of the 2014-2020 ESIF Growth Programme with partners, through delivering information and awareness raising events. It will support the efficient and compliant management and implementation of the ESIF Programme to help ensure that performance targets are achieved and the ESIF projects comply with applicable law.
European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020
ERDF investment in the North East England for 2014-2020 focuses mainly on five key priorities:
- Business support and access to finance
- Economic assets and infrastructure
- Low Carbon growth and Climate Change
The Department for Communities and Local Government is responsible for day-to-day management and implementation of the ERDF programme and is accountable to the Local Management Committee, ensuring that the region complies with European Union regulations and delivers an ambitious and successful programme.
In our area, the programme is worth £244 million for the period 2014-2020.
European Social Fund (ESF) 2014-2020
ESF focuses on improving employment opportunities, promoting social inclusion and investing in skills by providing support to individuals to fulfil their potential. The two main priorities for this programme are:
Inclusive Labour Markets, which combines activities to address employment and social inclusion and Skills for Growth.
The lead agencies are the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Funding Agency and the National Offender Management Service.
In our area, the programme is worth £200 million for the period 2014-2020.
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Project Officer (Technical Assistance)
Business & Economic Development
North Tyneside Council
Cobalt Business Park
Telephone: 0191 6436402