Stopford Energy & Environment has been appointed by Keele University to provide multidisciplinary innovation, design and business growth consultancy to SMEs as part of the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) (SEND Project, ref. 32R16P00706).
The programme, which is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF), is an ambitious project that will create Europe’s first “at scale” living laboratory where new energy-efficient technologies can be researched, developed and tested in real-world environment.
As part of this programme, Stopford Energy & Environment will be offering fully-funded consultancy to over 217 SMEs within the Stoke–on-Trent and Staffordshire region, enabling them to capitalise on the low carbon economy, a sector that is forecast to be worth circa £600 billion to UK business by 2030.
Dr. Ben Herbert, Director of Research & Environment at Stopford said, “The supply chain development programme has been specifically designed to offer tailored support to a wide range of companies, spanning start-ups and new entrants to the energy and low-carbon sectors, right through to established operators within the energy sector, to accelerate activity within the low carbon economy.”
Dr. Ian Madley, Head of Partnership Development for Natural Sciences at Keele University, added, “SMEs will benefit significantly from the programme, capitalising on the academic and professional support available from Keele University, alongside Stopford’s 35 years of operational experience across the smart energy and low carbon sectors.”
It is expected that the SEND programme will save over 4,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions, benefit more than 200 businesses and create new jobs and businesses throughout the lifetime of the programme.
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