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Small and medium sized businesses in Kent supported to go green

Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a new voucher scheme to enable local businesses to implement green solutions to support their future growth.

The Green Recovery Voucher Scheme is part of the C-Care (Covid Channel Area Response Exchange) project which is funded by the EU Interreg France (Channel) England programme.

Annabel from Bradbourne Bakery in Sevenoaks on her e-cargo delivery bike

C-Care represents a total package of €6.7 million in covid recovery support from the European Regional Development Fund. The overall project aims to support businesses and people at risk of exclusion on both sides of the Channel. In Kent, the focus is on business support and this new scheme is being launched as a method to help businesses bounce back and become more resilient.

The Green Recovery Voucher Scheme can help businesses recover from the pandemic in an environmentally sustainable way. They can redeem a voucher worth up to £1,500 for green goods and services in the following areas:

  • Design, supply and installation of energy efficiency measures.
  • Review, development and delivery of waste reduction interventions.
  • Review, development and delivery of sustainable transport solutions.
  • Design, supply and installation of biodiversity solutions.
  • Planning for the ‘Net Zero’ transition.

Services will be provided to businesses in Kent by a cadre of approved green service providers, which also benefits a number of businesses across the county.

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The program is aimed at Kent businesses that have been impacted by the pandemic and can demonstrate how adopting new green solutions will help them recover and grow in a more sustainable and cost-effective way.

KCC Cabinet Member for the Environment, Susan Carey, said: “Part of Kent’s identity is our strong network of small and medium-sized businesses.

“The Green Recovery Voucher Scheme can help businesses recover from the pandemic in an environmentally sustainable way.

“This is a fantastic initiative to consider at a time when profit margins are tight and I encourage business owners to see how it could help them.”

The voucher system is now operational and will continue until March 2023, or until the voucher budget has been fully allocated. Certain eligibility criteria apply and companies can obtain more information by visiting https://www.kent.gov.uk/business/business-loans-and-funding/green-recovery-vouchers where they can apply and request an initial consultation with an advisor.

The Green Recovery Voucher scheme is run by Kent County Council’s Sustainable Business & Communities team, alongside a range of other sustainable grant schemes available to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in Kent. For more information on the teams’ projects, visit the Low Carbon Kent website: https://lowcarbonkent.com/

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Notes to editors:

About the Interreg FCE programme:

Interreg France (Channel) England is an EU program set up to foster economic development in the south and east of the UK and the north of France by funding innovative projects that have sustainable and economic benefit .

It focuses on a series of specific objectives, including supporting innovation, improving the attractiveness of the Channel area and developing low-carbon technologies.

The program reached its funding commitment target and, as of March 2021, €217.5 million had been committed to 51 projects, involving 420 project partners ranging from public institutions to SMEs and regional authorities. The projects focus on different sectors of the economy ranging from agribusiness to medical technology and tourism.

More information: www.channelmanche.com