Low Carbon Business Case Studies

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The council has been helping local businesses grow - and be green at the same time. Here we share their experience of how the help they received benefited their business.

John Rowlands, Romar's managing director, said: “We have a large warehouse area and are planning to expand it. An intelligent lighting system with motion detectors that also checks levels of light in active areas is ideal for us and the Copeland grant and CBEN expertise made the return on the investment much more achievable and feasible for us”.


In 2011 the council  offered grants to small businesses who wanted to improve energy efficiency or adopt renewable energy systems.  The council worked with Cumbria Business Environment Network to look at how businesses could become greener, then covered part of the cost of doing that. Businesses could apply for up to half of the cost of their energy-saving measures, up to a maximum of £4,000. The Copeland Low Carbon Business Grant was a huge success, with nine businesses taking up the grant and saving more than 90 tonnes of carbon each year.

Romar supplies protective equipment and industrial workwear and specialises in supplying the nuclear sector and emergency planning organisations.  It employs 35 people at its factory at Hensingham in Whitehaven.  Romar used the Low Carbon Grant to help fund the design and installation of an intelligent lighting system throughout the company’s warehouse.  This enabled savings of more than £1,700 a year and around 11 tonnes of carbon. They have also worked with a CBEN adviser to bring in changes such as using less packaging and recycling more waste, and are investigating reducing the number of journeys they need to make and recycling IT items. We gave the maximum grant of £4,000 towards this £9,000 project.  

The Parkside Hotel in Cleator Moor has seven-bedrooms and is close to the Coast-to-Coast walking route. Run by John Bruckshaw, it offers bar meals, function rooms and hosts lots of business and Coast-to-Coast stays. The hotel had been struggling with a 35-year-old heating system until £3,600 from our Low Carbon Business Grant scheme made a replacement feasible. The new boiler is much more energy efficient and should save Mr Bruckshaw around £800 a year in fuel costs. The system also allows different areas of the hotel to be heated to different requirements. It’s envisaged the scheme will save 5.1 tonnes of CO2 each year. Mr Bruckshaw also worked with CREA consultant, Dave Harris-Jones, to find ways of increasing recycling and reducing waste management costs. He said: “Working with Dave and accessing 50 per cent of the funding through Copeland Borough Council made a huge difference and meant we could get on with the work”.

Published: 9 July 2012 - 1:25pm