EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions (EMphasis3) is an ERDF funded SME support project. It combines the expertise and experience of the University of Portsmouth - lead partner, the University of Winchester and the cleantech cluster, Greentech South.
Grants are available at up to 36% of total eligible costs and are paid once the work is done and paid for.
Match funding is key! Loans, investments, personal savings, company reserves and other UK grants can be used. However, please note your time can't be included as match funding.
SMEs can access:
- Free energy efficiency audits
- Energy efficiency grants
- Research and innovation grants
EMphasis3 Case Study: ScrubsUp
ScrubsUp produce reusable cases and solid shower bars to make your life more convenient and greener by helping you move from liquid to solid shower products - eliminating single-use plastic. The brains behind Scrubs Up, David and Roger, were encouraged by their friends at 'Airhead', to meet with the Greentech South team. At an initial meeting it became clear to the Greentech team that the EMphasis3 Project was a good fit for Scrubs Up. The aim of EMphasis3 is to help SMEs take clean growth innovations to market. After some necessary form filling and further meetings, David and Roger presented their Scrubs Up solution to the EMphasis3 investment panel. The panel were impressed with the innovation and its clean growth potential and funds were awarded. This EMphasis3 fund will now be added to the money raised from their Kickstarter campaign (which reached their goal in the first 12 hours) and will enable "Scrubs Up" to purchase the tooling to make their product plus a number of other actions to market the product. ScrubsUp launched their Kickstarter campaign and reached their goal in the first 12 hours.
This is one of many success stories from our EMphasis3 project - if you want to be the next, fill out the Expression of Interest Form and we will be in touch.
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Richard Hall, Business Development and Programme Manager at Greentech South, said:
"Many small businesses are reluctant to install energy saving kit due to the cost, the unknown benefits and the confusing array of different solutions. Our offer of a free energy audit followed up by a grant, takes away much of that pain.
Additionally, there are many brilliant inventors in our region developing solutions to reduce carbon emissions. We can offer them an innovation audit supported with a grant fund to help develop the product, prove the solution will work and take it to the market.
With our experienced team, we will work with SMEs to support and encourage them to take action.”
EMphasis3 in the News:
"Portsmouth: Businesses urged to improve energy efficiency" - The Business Magazine
EMphasis3 TV Interview with Richard Hall - That's TV Solent
"Funding available for SMEs to improve energy efficiency and develop low carbon products and solutions" - University of Portsmouth News
Greentech South's newly appointed EMphasis3 Team led by Gemma Marchant, Programme Manager of EMphasis3. The team consists of Matt Pullinger in his new role as Low Carbon Technical Specialist and Helen Hill as Project Administrator.
Gemma Marchant, Programme Manager of EMphasis3 said:
"Having worked at the University in the past, I am excited to take on a new role as Programme Manager for the EMphasis3 CO2 Reductions Project. I am passionate about sustainable development and enabling a low carbon economy, this project will make a real difference to business, society and the environment."
If you meet the above criteria and are interested in receiving support through EMphasis3, please complete the Expression of Interest Form and we'll get in touch.
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