Fully-funded energy audits are now available to eligible small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership region.

The free audits are part of Sustainable Business’ ongoing UTILISE PLUS PROGRAMME, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The programme offers a range of services to eligible SMEs to help them to save money by reducing their energy use, including grant fundingenergy audits, and a variety of events.


An Energy Audit provides you with an impartial, expert assessment of how energy is used at your premises and makes recommendations on how to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your energy bills. Recommendations will be prioritised by ‘payback period’ – the time it takes to regain the cost of installing an energy saving measure through the money you’ll save on your energy bills.

A qualified assessor will review the energy data and building information you provide and then visit your premises to undertake a thorough survey and see how energy is being used – this a visual inspection, so not invasive of the structure of the building. These visits usually take around 2 hours and auditors will need to be accompanied at all times.

After the site visit, you’ll receive your unique Audit Report detailing all the energy saving opportunities for your organisation. If you decide you want to act on these recommendations and plan an energy saving installation, you can apply for Utilise Plus grant funding.

To book an Energy Audit, simply register your interest on the Sustainable Business website. They will be in touch with you to collect information on your organisation and your energy use. Once they have everything we need, they will arrange the audit at a time that’s convenient for you.

To be eligible for a free energy audit, you must be a small or medium sized enterprise (SME) based in the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership area.

Read the full eligibility criteria on the Sustainable Business website.