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Grants and assistance for businesses

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Can your business get a better gas and electricity deal?

Braintree District Council is pleased to announce a new scheme working in partnership with 'Make It Cheaper' to offer an innovative energy switching service to local SME businesses.  The purpose of this scheme is to assist businesses to reduce the cost of their energy bills by as much as 30%.

Can your businesses switch water supplier?

From April 2017, most businesses and other non-household customers in England can choose their supplier of water and wastewater retail services. If your business is eligible, you could benefit from:

  • Lower bills and more tailored services
  • Help to become water efficient and reduce carbon emissions

For further information visit Open Water

Grants for businesses

Support from the Government

There are a number of other opportunities for funding support available from national schemes. Find support schemes to help your business, including:

  • Government grants
  • Publicly-backed finance and loans
  • Business support, such as mentoring, consultancy

Search the business finance support finder at GOV.UK


Grants4Growth is a free two year package for SME's, giving practical help and financial assistance to help reduce costs and increase competitiveness and resilience. 

The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme

A new £20 million fund to help farming, forestry and horticultural businesses to become more efficient at using resources has been launched. The scheme aims to help businesses to become more competitive and more profitable, whilst reducing the impact of farming on the environment.

Farmers, foresters, woodland owners, agricultural contractors and horticulturalists can apply for grants of up to £25,000 to invest in green projects, new machinery and improvements to animal health and welfare so their businesses can grow in an environmentally friendly way.

The Farming and Forestry Improvement Scheme will fund projects that: 

  • save energy and reduce carbon emissions
  • reduce dependence on artificial fertilizers through better use of manures
  • improve soil quality
  • improve animal health and welfare
  • save and recycle water; and
  • promote woodland management by processing timber more efficiently

For more information go to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Reform page on GOV.UK 

Grants for public sector organisations

Salix Finance is an independent, publicly funded company that provides interest-free matched funding to the public sector to invest in energy efficiency measures and technologies that will reduce carbon emissions. Uttlesford District Council has taken advantage of Salix match-funding to implement its own carbon-management programme.

Further advice and assistance

The Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust is an independent company funded by Government. Its role is to help the UK move to a low carbon economy by helping business and the public sector reduce carbon emissions. The Carbon Trust has a wide range of assistance available including training, seminars, publications and free site surveys. The Council is part of the 2007-08 Carbon Trust Local Authority Carbon Management Programme

To contact the Carbon Trusts free technical advice line call: 0800 085 2005.


Local Agenda 21

Local Agenda 21 is a worldwide initiative set up following the Rio Earth Summit in 1992. Its purpose is to enable voluntary community action to protect the environment: 'think globally; act locally'. Local Agenda 21 groups are hosted by local authorities but involve private individuals, businesses and other organisations. Uttlesford Local Agenda 21 is always looking for new members to get involved.

BEST Growth Hub

Essex businesses of all sizes can access a new business support service from the BEST Growth Hub. Telephone 01702 417765 or visit the BEST Growth Hub.

Contact the Sustainability Team

Tel: 01799 510510
Email: Climate Change