Join thousands of other small businesses taking action on climate change by signing up to the SME Climate Commitment at the businessclimatehub.org/uk/, where you’ll also find tips and resources to help you go greener.
When you commit, you’ll get the tools to help you understand your emissions, how to tackle them, and how to share what you’re doing with your customers and your community.
Taking action also has business benefits - taking simple steps can reduce your running costs, attract new customers who want to buy sustainably, and help you seize new opportunities.
Here are four steps to help you save money while you take action:
- Check the changes you can’t afford to miss
Many green actions pay for themselves. For example, data suggests many businesses can make back the cost of insulating their buildings within just a year. Acting on climate can also put you ahead of the pack – showing green credentials is increasingly a part of procurement requirements, and data shows that greener businesses are likely to appeal to the growing numbers of consumers who care about the environment. Check out simple changes that can save you money and help you grow on the UK Business Climate Hub.
- Apply for a national financial support scheme
Schemes currently available include:
- Workplace Charging Scheme
- Get a voucher for installing charging points in your workplace. Vouchers cover up to 75% of purchase and installation costs, up to a maximum of £350 per charging point, and a maximum of 40 charging points per site.
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- Plug-in Charging Grant Scheme
- Grants are available to help pay for low-emission vehicles. These are worth up to £2,500 of the purchase price of a car. Eligible cars must cost less than £35,000. The grant will also pay for 35% of the purchase price for selected small vans, up to a maximum of £3000, and 35% of the purchase price for selected large vans, up to maximum of £6,000.
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- Cycle to Work Scheme
- Employees give up some of their income (salary sacrifice), in return for hiring bikes and cycling equipment. Any size business can operate a cycle to work scheme.
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- Capital allowances claim scheme
- You can claim enhanced capital allowances (a type of first year allowances) for buying energy- and water-efficient equipment for your business. This includes some cars with low CO2 emissions, energy saving equipment, water saving equipment, gas, biogas and hydrogen refuelling equipment and new zero-emission goods vehicles. You can claim on your tax return. Find out more by visiting www.gov.uk/capital-allowances/first-year-allowances
- Find targeted support in your local area
Speak to your local growth hub or council about grants and other types of support in your area. For example, businesses based in Durham, Sunderland, Norfolk, Suffolk, West Suffolk, West Midlands, Warwickshire and Coventry, Leicestershire, Islington, East Sussex, West Suffolk can access regional funds to help them go green. And in Scotland, businesses can sign up for a scheme that matches recent graduates with businesses in need of staff to help plan and achieve emissions reductions.
- Speak to your bank or accountant about tailored green business finance
Many banks have specialised loans that can be used specifically for green improvements such as installing renewable energy system or improving energy efficiency.