Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND)

Supply Chain Development Programme

Stopford Energy & Environment has been appointed by Keele University to provide multidisciplinary sustainability consultancy to 217 Staffordshire SMEs as part of the Smart Energy Network Demonstrator (SEND) programme.

The SEND programme 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 a real-world environment.

For more information about the SEND project, please visit the Keele University website click here.

What is on Offer?

Stopford Energy & Environment is offering 12 hours of fully-funded consultancy to SMEs within the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire region, designed to enable businesses to capitalise on growth opportunities presented by the low carbon economy. Our team of environmental consultants, innovation specialists and engineers can support businesses looking to:

  • enter the renewables and smart energy sectors

  • develop sustainable products, process or services

  • or simply, reduce environmental impact and energy costs

Project Ideas

  • A resource audit (energy, waste, water)

  • A carbon footprint assessment

  • A plastics & packaging review

  • Smart energy & renewables advice

  • Environmental Management System (ISO 14001) support

  • Low carbon initiative development support

  • Grant application support (environmental sustainability or smart energy)

  • A supply chain sustainability assessment

  • A product/service carbon footprint assessment

  • A manufacturing process efficiency review

  • Marketing content support

  • A sustainable materials review

  • Market analysis support

  • Technical and commercial support

  • Grant application support

Delivered by

A pool of multi-disciplinary consultants and engineers that specialise in technology innovation, process design, environmental consultancy and the commercialisation of products and services across the energy and low carbon sectors.


A bespoke piece of consultancy, giving your business a competitive advantage within the growing global energy and low carbon economy. Our support will enable you to:

  • Be more competitive by enhancing your environmental profile for both marketing and project tendering activity (environmental information is often required or will make you stand out)

  • Accelerate product or service development having worked with an expert consultant in innovation, the environment or engineering

  • Reduce your operating costs by improving your energy and resource use efficiency

  • Operate as an environmentally responsible business having actively taken steps to reduce your impact


This programme (ref. 32R16P00706) is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme, and is available to ERDF eligible companies.


Businesses must be an SME (small to medium enterprise) – less than 250 employees, less than 50 million euro turnover, less than 43 million euro balance sheet and not owned by a non-SME – located in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire LEP area. Available to all industry sectors except for agriculture, and no B2B restrictions. Please get in contact to discuss your eligibility.


Get in touch

For more information, please contact us using the details below:

E: [email protected]

T: 0151 357 7740

Custom House, Merseyton Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire, CH65 3AD

0151 357 7740

Stopford Energy & Environment,
the trading name of Stopford Projects Limited

Registered Address as Above.

Company Registration No. 1630328

VAT Registration No. 388 107 726