A programme has been launched offering easy-to-understand guidance and support for businesses on their way to Net Zero.
The Tees Valley Net Zero programme offers fully funded consultancy support and up to £2,000 in grant funding for firms – as well as online tools and regular webinars and workshops.
The scheme is delivered by Decerna on behalf of the Tees Valley Mayor and Combined Authority, and is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).
It includes expert guidance from Net Zero Advisors and Technical Specialists via online and in-person Net Zero consultations.
Firms will also be able to access information 24/7 through a suite of online tools and resources, including access to a new web-based tool that will generate a Carbon Reduction Plan for businesses.
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “Our businesses in Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are some of the finest in the country.
“We’re the UK’s capital for Net Zero and its only right we use our talents and share this knowledge with our own brilliant companies. Going greener is a reality facing everyone. This programme will help demystify some of the jargon around Net Zero and make it easier for our great firms to flourish in this brave new world.”
Siobhan McArdle, Chair of the Tees Valley Business Board, added: “One of the Business Board’s key areas of focus is Clean Green Growth – and we want to support the Tees Valley business community in its journey to Net Zero so that we ensure clean growth is at the core of business in Tees Valley. An initial focus and imperative for the Business Board, has been the removal of the ridiculous hoops hardworking firms have historically had to jump through to access vital grant funding.
“As we heard in our recent Business Engagement workshops, more streamlined, timely and pragmatic business support programmes, such as this one, that really deliver for business, are key to moving forwards and I would urge business leaders to sign up to get the technical support they need to adopt new practices, to achieve and wherever possible monetise, carbon savings.”
Bookings are still open for a programme masterclass on 18 January.
To find out more about these and the wider programme, go to: https://teesvalley-ca.gov.uk/net-zero-support
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