Briar Associates have an excellent reputation for working with Small and Medium Enterprises to identify and deliver wide ranging energy, carbon and cost savings that increase SMEs profitability. Over the last 25 years, we have been engaged to manage many energy audit programmes aimed at supporting SMEs and run by organisations including local authorities, universities, chambers of commerce and trade associations.
Key programmes have included ‘Innovation First’ in conjunction with the Manufacturing Advisory Service and University of Wolverhampton, London Borough of Richmond ’Go Green’ programme, ’Smarter Working West Midlands’ with Coventry University, Sandwell Energy Advice Centre and Worcestershire Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP).
Merton ‘Brighter Business’ Energy Audit Programme:
London Borough of Merton are one of England’s leading Local Authorities in promoting environmental sustainability. Following the success of a major energy and water audit programme of over 100 corporate sites delivered by Briar Associates, we were appointed to support the Council in delivering their Brighter Business programme to identify and quantify cost effective ‘invest to save’ energy, carbon, water and cost saving opportunities within local businesses.
The programme was successfully delivered over 24 months and resulted in:
- The provision of free energy audits and delivery of bespoke energy efficiency reports to 70 local businesses.
- Over half of participating businesses installed energy efficiency improvement measures.
- Almost £65,000 of grant funding and £30,000 of private investment in energy efficiency improvement projects.
- Potential total annual savings of over £95,000 and 370 tonnes of CO2 across the participating businesses.
Delivered under the Mayor of London’s 2015-2018 LEP programme and shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Environmental Services award 2018, the project engaged with hundreds of local businesses. Working closely with the team at LB of Merton, Briar Associates actively followed up and assisted the SMEs to understand the energy efficiency opportunities and value at stake. The project was refreshing due to the ease of access to support and funding, resulting in 50% of the SMEs being actively engaged and investing their own money into carbon reduction projects.
The programme has made a real difference by stimulating interest in energy efficiency amongst SMEs and assisting the local economy through SME investment. The results are exemplary; delivered by effective management and minimal red tape.
“The Brighter Business programme has been a very successful initiative and has enabled the Council to support local businesses in identifying and driving forward energy efficiency measures to deliver real energy, carbon and cost savings.”
Damian Hemmings – Climate Change Officer