Find out how the Low Carbon Across the South and East (LoCASE) programme has supported West Sussex businesses to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

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Low Carbon Across the South and East (LOCASE) programme

The LoCASE programme, now drawn to a close, helped Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) grow sustainably and improve their energy efficiency through funding and business support.

Environmentally-focused businesses could apply for a business development grant of up to £20,000. Businesses in industries not typically considered ‘green’ could apply for an energy/resource efficiency grant of up to £20,000.

LoCASE was delivered locally by the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform.

The business development grants were used for a range of projects, including:

  • equipment and machinery
  • product development
  • marketing
  • IT
  • consultancy
  • certification and accreditation
  • energy efficiency.

The efficiency grants were designed for projects that help reduce carbon emissions and operating costs. They  covered items such as:

  • LED lighting
  • insulation
  • heating or machinery upgrades
  • renewable energy systems
  • waste reduction.

Several West Sussex businesses received grants. Here are the stories of just two:

  • Tottington Manor Hotel sits in the South Downs, West Sussex. The business is on a mission to reduce their Greenhouse Gas emissions, and secured LoCASE funding with support from the University of Brighton’s Green Growth Platform to do so. Read more about Tottington Manor’s story.
  • Beyond Procurement are a procurement consultancy for improving business profits while caring for the planet. Formally known as Meercat Associates, Beyond Procurement was awarded a Business Development Grant, enabling them to create a new brand identity and a net zero offering. The Green Growth Platform sat down with David Robertson, Marketing Manager of Beyond Procurement, to find out more. Read more about Beyond Procurement's story.

Interested in finding out about current support available to develop low carbon and green business models in West Sussex? Visit our Low Carbon & Green Business Support web page.

LoCASE is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. WSCC has contributed match funding and are Strategic Partner.