Black Country LEP

Black Country Growth Hub

The Black Country Growth Hub coordinate support for businesses based in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. If you run a business or if you’re thinking of starting a business in the region, they can here to help you grow and develop – visit their support page to find out more about funding, training, efficiency, innovation, supply, export and property.

Groundwork West Midlands Sustainable Business Services

Groundwork West Midlands deliver a wide range of environmental, health and safety support and training services to businesses across the West Midlands Region. They support an extensive range of clients from the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Funding

Grants and support are available to Black Country SMEs on a broad range of sustainability issues. We’ve listed just a few of these below:

BECCI – Built Environment Climate Change Innovations: support is available to SMEs to develop new or improved energy efficient products, engage with housing providers in the region to support the use of more green products and give them access to the latest information and knowledge on low carbon technologies.

EBRI – European Bioenergy Research Institute: EBRI leads and delivers a range of research projects and collaborations with partners in the West Midlands, UK, Europe and beyond. Projects focus on the adoption of bioenergy technologies in both urban and rural settings and the provision of support to businesses to enable them to make informed bioenergy decisions.

EnTRESS – Environmental Technologies & Resource Efficiency Support Service: Working across a variety of sectors EnTRESS seeks to improve resource efficiency within Black Country SMEs.  Their aim is to increase business competitiveness, improve productivity and identify new market opportunities for SMEs through the adoption of environmental technologies and the reduction of waste.

Low Carbon SME’s: The Low Carbon SMEs project uses university academics to provide short and long term support to SMEs. Projects leading to a reduction in energy consumption, carbon emissions and process inefficiencies within high energy using organisations are eligible for support including a free diagnostic evaluating your sites’ energy use and process efficiencies, a grant of up to £12,250, one to one advice and innovation support, and sector specific workshops.