Unlocking net zero financing for SMEs through local business support programmes

Project partner Energy Saving Trust held an online webinar on unlocking net zero financing for SMEs through local business support programmes.

The event adressed the following:

  • How much can the Shared Prosperity Fund (the new regional funding programme) aid SMEs in their decarbonisation journey?
  • Can SMEs decarbonise without grant funding?
  • What wider role is there for local authorities to support SMEs in their area?
  • What other approaches look promising?

With speakers from Local Government Association, East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce, EP Connect, and Middlesex University Business School, the event included presentations on: 

  • UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF)
  • Experiences from East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce on SME support and UKSPF 
  • ESCO In-a-box solution – A local value creating solution to support SMEs
  • Financing SMEs ‘Greening’ in the UK


14:30 - 14:35 Welcome and Introduction
  • Liya Thomas, Energy Saving Trust
14:35 - 14:45 EST Climate Change Committee report key findings
  • Adrianna Threpsiadi, Energy Saving Trust
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14:45 - 15:05 Financing SMEs ‘Greening’ in the UK
  • Dr Robyn Owen, Associate Professor at Middlesex University London
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15:05 - 15:15 Q&A
15.15 - 15:35 ESCO In-a-box
  • Alex Rathmell, Managing director EP consultancy
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15:35 - 15:45 Q&A
15:45 - 15:55 BREAK
15:55 - 16:10 Overview of UK Shared Prosperity Fund
  • Paul Green, Policy Advisor at Local Government Association
16:10 - 16:25 SME decarbonisation activities in the East Lancashire Chamber of Commerce and the experience with UKSPF
  • Miranda Barker, Chief Executive and Stephen Sykes, Director of Sustainability
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16.25 - 16.35 Q&A
16:35 - 16:55 Discussion
16.55 - 17.00 Close


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