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Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme

Case studies

£395,000 investment made by innovative Warwick business

A world-class engineering and process automation company based in Warwick has invested £395,000 to reduce carbon emissions, expand their workforce and lower energy costs.

3P innovation design, manufacture and support high-end production equipment and machinery, from lab-scale to commercial scale which allows their clients to launch new products faster and at lower cost, with high productivity and reliability from the start. The company has received a £69k grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is partly funded by the ERDF and is being delivered by Coventry City Council. The business was also assisted by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub.  The grant has helped 3P innovation to expand their business and achieve energy efficiency savings at their new site in Warwick. 

The measures have included installing LED energy efficient lighting throughout the building, new high efficiency gas fired modulating heaters that save 30% on fuel costs, a high performance air conditioning system which incorporates heat recovery units that use the heat from the outgoing air to preheat the incoming cold air, new air compressor achieving savings of between 20% and 30% and the installation of solar panels on the roof to reduce their use of electricity from the grid.  

Simon Strothers, Business Development Director at 3P innovation said: “the grant we have received from the Green Business Programme has met our objective to reduce the carbon footprint of the building whilst not breaching the budget we had set for it.  Our customers are becoming increasingly aware of their environmental impact and we were beginning to have to make commitments to our customers to constantly review and reduce our carbon usage and environmental impact in order to win their business.”

3P innovation estimates to see a reduction of 153.3 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year with 290,000kWh of energy usage having been reduced.

Matt Dillow, Green Business Programme Lead at Coventry City Council, said: “Moving to energy efficiency and renewable energy powered solutions just makes plain economic sense. We are working with more and more organisations who want to reduce their carbon footprints to lower their energy bills and make their products more competitive.”

Simon added: “At 3P we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and our impact on the environment.  Funding support from the Green Business programme has enabled us to significantly reduce energy consumption through LED lighting, low carbon heating and the use of renewable energy from our solar panels.”

3P innovation applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Leading engineering firm has had a green makeover

A leading engineering firm in Coventry has had a five-figure makeover as part of a new era of growth.  ActOn Finishing in Torrington Avenue, which is the UK’s leading surface finishing technology provider in the healthcare, aerospace, automotive and motorsport sectors, has transformed its test laboratory after receiving support from the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) Growth Hub.

ActOn Finishing applied for £9,000 from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme, which is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), which resulted in the conversion of all lighting throughout the site to LED lighting to improve the visual aspects within many of their production processes, leading to around 32 tonnes of Co2 emission savings per year and reduced energy costs.  

Sid Gulati, operations director at ActOn Finishing, said the investment by the company and grants had helped to modernise their premises.

Sid added: The grant has meant we have been able to improve our sales office by installing a new floor, painting the walls and adding new branding which better reflects our standing within a specialised industry. We have also been conscious of our carbon footprint and have replaced hundreds and hundreds of halogen bulbs with LED lighting throughout our site.

Matt Dillow, Green Business Programme Lead at Coventry City Council, said: The grants, along with the company’s investment, have helped to create a more professional image, as well as aiding them to reduce their energy bills alongside lowering their carbon footprint. The grant funding is an easy process for businesses to apply for as we help with the full application process.

ActOn Finishing applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Engineering firm upgrades its lighting and heating to go green

An engineering business based in Rugby has benefitted from a grant to make their premises more eco-friendly and save them money on bills.  Technoset Ltd specializes in the machining of high precision components and assemblies for Aerospace Defence, Medical Telecommunications, Sensors, Motorsport and Lasers Quality Commercial Components sector.

Green Business case study

The company has received a £47k grant provided by the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is partly funded by the ERDF and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, towards making energy efficiency savings.  The manufacturing company of ultra-high precision turned and milled components has been based in the building since the 1980's and areas of it were in need of updating.  Kevan Kane, Managing Director of Technoset decided to invest £117k in energy efficient measures and was successful in obtaining the Green Business Grant towards this.

The measures have included installing LED energy efficient lighting throughout the factory and offices, extension of the heat ducting from Factory 2 into Factory 1, installing a shut off switch on the roller shutter door and installing a new solvent based component cleaning machine.  With the improvements, Technoset anticipates to see their energy bills drop by 33% and the organisation is helping to reduce 62 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Kevan said: "We are very grateful for the assistance and financial support that we have received from the Green Business Programme at Coventry City Council. This level of support is invaluable for an SME like Technoset Ltd. The process was very straightforward and well supported by members of the Green Business Programme Team."

Dr. James Bridges, Sustainability Consultant at Coventry City Council, said: ""Taking a sustainable approach to energy consumption is a change many companies will have to make sooner or later due to increasing energy costs and legislation - and often they need a bit of support to help them. That's where the Green Business Team comes in - they provide free energy audits and grants enabling businesses to make investments that are good for them and good for the environment."

Kevan added: "We all need to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint and this support helps Technoset to make our contribution. It is refreshing to see Coventry at the forefront of the Green Programme initiative".

Technoset Ltd applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Precision engineering company flying high

Harris RCS have been providing CNC machined parts for the aviation and commercial industries for well over 40 years from their site on Bayton Road Industrial Estate in Exhall, Nr. Coventry.  Established in 1974 they have formed a world class reputation for producing precision CNC machined high-quality steel, super-alloys, plastic, titanium and aluminium components to the aviation, defence, electronic and other hi-tech industries across the world.

Cllr O'Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Regeneration (Front); Amy Skelhon and Graham Harris, Harris RCS (Back)

 

Cllr O'Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Regeneration (front); Amy Skelhon and Graham Harris, Harris RCS (right)

 

Thanks to a £8,500 grant provided by the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is partly funded by the ERDF and being delivered by Coventry City Council, the family-owned business managed by Graham Harris and Deborah Walters has invested £28k in a series of measures to achieve energy efficiency savings at their premises. 

The measures have included cutting edge sensor controlled LED lighting throughout, the construction of an insulated internal wall to minimise heat loss and the replacement of a roller shutter door and all external steel security doors with new insulated doors and a fast action roller shutter door. 

Graham said: "We occupy an ageing factory unit with the energy inefficiencies associated with it.  The funding we have received has addressed some major issues which has resulted in significant cost savings on our energy bills.  This has enabled us to retain a fixed pricing strategy for our customers worldwide as well as helped us achieve a moral and ethical green stance alongside improving the working environment for our staff. "

The effects of Harris RCS investment have seen their electricity and gas consumption drop by 60% and it is also helping to reduce 31 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Cllr O'Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs & Regeneration at Coventry City Council said: "Taking a sustainable approach to energy consumption is a change many companies will have to make sooner or later - and often all they need is a bit of support to help them. This programme provides that easy to understand approach with free energy audits and grants to help them on their way."

Graham added: "The payback from our investment will only take 2-3 years and I would encourage all local small to medium sized businesses to get on board as the whole process is really quick and why wouldn't you want to reduce your energy costs."

Harris RCS Engineering

Harris RCS applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

 

Local business fit for growth  

Indigofitness

Thanks to a £62,070 grant from the Green Business Programme and a £43,497 grant from the Investment Fund, a Nuneaton based business, Indigo Fitness was able to expand their business and achieve energy efficiency savings at their newly acquired site on Whitacre Road.

Indigo Fitness is the UK's largest fitness equipment manufacturer. They design, manufacture, assemble, deliver and install products and services for the commercial fitness sector as well as for the MOD. Having recently moved to a building that dates back to the 1960s, they have completed extensive renovations, bringing the building in line with the latest standards of safety and energy efficiency. Repairs included a new fully insulated roof, IR Heating and cutting edge sensor controlled LED lighting throughout, designed to reduce 35 tonnes of CO2 emissions every year.

Rob Coleman, Managing Director, Indigo Fitness said: "The funding has enabled us to not only provide a more efficient production process but the extra space and light (provided by the new roof) has also greatly improved the working environment for our staff."

Gary Thyeson, Account Manager at the CWLEP Growth Hub said: "One of the reasons the Growth Hub was launched was to help make businesses aware of the support available to them. Having alerted Indigo Fitness to various funding options will now ensure they continue to expand.

Indigo Fitness applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Casting company making huge savings in their electricity consumption

Sarginson's Furnace

Sarginsons Industries Ltd is a lightweight castings business based in Coventry, supplying products for a range of major companies - such as Aston Martin and Jaguar Land Rover.  The company has invested £130,000 in new energy efficiency measures at its foundry, £26,365 of this was through grant funding from the Green Business Programme. The measures installed include two new gas furnaces, a new air compressor system, a power factor correction capacity along with new LED lighting across its facility, designed to dramatically reduce carbon footprint.  Sarginsons also received an Investment Fund Grant of £25,300 which helped them purchase a FARO 3D Scanner, Spectro-Analyser and Shot Blast Cabinet.

The effects of Sarginsons' investment in green technologies has been nothing short of phenomenal.  The investment has seen Sarginsons electricity consumption drop from an average of 4,000 units per week to a steady 3,000 units per week, resulting in a yearly average drop of 25% and a saving of £4,600 per month.  The company believes it will reduce its CO2 emissions by as much as 335 tonnes per annum.

Anthony Evans, Managing Director at Sarginsons Industries, said: "The support we received has helped us to make the investment in substantial new equipment that has seen us become much more environmentally friendly as well as making cost savings within the business.

The grant submission was completed with minimal disruption to the business and the claims process was very clear and simple, our initial claim was funded within 12 working days.  In addition to the cost-saving, it has been a source of great pride for the company and I encourage other companies to make use of the Green Business Programme.  Reducing our carbon footprint and our energy costs is now an ongoing process and something we will pursue as an active company policy to ensure we are at the cutting edge of pioneering technology."

Sarginsons Industries Ltd applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Education group to save on electricity bills

Learn2group

The Learn2Group received a grant of £2,670 to invest in a new heating system upgrade, a lighting upgrade as well as the installation of double glazing. Based in Coventry, the company provide high quality, accredited and standardised training to organisations throughout the Midlands.

The upgrades will lead to a reduction of 2.4 tonnes CO2e per year and will reduce the company's annual energy spend by 30%. Additional benefits include improved thermal comfort, reduced maintenance from changing lightbulbs and an improvement in the light quality.

Becki Coombe, founder and director of the group, provided this statement: "It may seem a small thing - however when you have applied for numerous grants for heating and windows, had no luck and it's winter... then a 30% ERDF grant with not much paperwork is actually amazing!"

Learn2Group applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Recycling company expanding and creating jobs

Fortress Recycling and Resource Management, based in Warwick, received a grant of £100,000 to invest in a new £5 million machine that would allow them to sort through recyclable items much more quickly.

The new equipment would also lead to cost savings in the disposal costs of materials which in the past the business couldn't recycle. In addition, the new machine will reduce its CO2emissions by up to 5,571 tonnes every year. That is the equivalent of taking 1,092 cars off the road for a year.

David Pass, of Fortress Recycling and Resource Management, said: "This plant is now one of the most advanced material recovery centres in the UK. We recycle non-hazardous business waste and recycle paper, cardboard, glass, aluminium cans, plastic bottles and milk bottles and the new machine will also improve our productivity levels.

"The carbon savings we are making is fantastic and it isn't just the fact we are recycling materials which usually go to landfill but the savings we are making on raw materials. Items can be recycled so less energy is being used to make new products.

"We used to spend over £2 million a year on disposal costs so we will be making big savings on that as well."

Another result of buying the new equipment is that a six-year lease has been agreed at a second site, in Leamington, for storage and 20 new members of staff have been appointed.

Fortress Recycling applied for a grant from the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is part financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with less than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.

Green Business Programme

Coventry City Council
PO Box 15
Council House
Coventry
CV1 5RR

Tel: 02476 972046

Email: [email protected]

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