Green energy is hot stuff for firms at city seminars

Small and Medium sized Enterprises working in the construction, energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors are being offered free business support through RE: Start Local a new initiative to help SME's better compete for large public and private sector contracts.
Small and Medium sized Enterprises working in the construction, energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors are being offered free business support through RE: Start Local a new initiative to help SME's better compete for large public and private sector contracts.

Small and medium sized businesses are snapping up the chance to learn about Green energy opportunities.

Demand for places on a half day workshop called Government Incentives to Promote Sustainable Energy was so high that the organisers have booked another date on August 15.

The seminars are managed by the Institute for Sustainability and delivered in Milton Keynes by the National Energy Foundation, in Davy Avenue, Knowlhill. They aim to help firms understand the opportunities and get details of tenders that they might otherwise have been unaware of. They’ve also been helped to achieve accreditiations to better compete for large public and private sector contracts.

Topics covered include the Green Deal, Energy Company Obligation, the Feed in Tariff, Renewable Heat Incentive and the Renewable Heat Premium Payment Scheme. Further workshops on preparing to bid and a meet the buyer event are planned for the autumn.

Janice Donnachie, engagement and support officer at the National Energy Foundation said: “There has been great enthusiasm for this project from local businesses with all places on our first seminar taken in the first two weeks of promotion. I recommend interested SMEs book for our second workshop as soon as possible.”

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