Chelmsford based bed component specialists Arbor Trading Ltd is the latest recipient of an EU grant from the Low Carbon Business programme. The ‘green grant’ was used to reduce energy costs, increase efficiency and streamline some key aspects of the business.
“We’ve improved the working environment & made space for a new employee!” Ann Hillman
Pictured: [From left to right] May the dog and company director Alex Hillman gladly display the Low Carbon Business plaque on behalf of Arbor Trading Ltd.
Arbor Trading Ltd received 30% ERDF funding towards creating a more efficient operation, including improvements to heating, lighting an old diesel forklift plus better use of space and technology to allow flexible working for a growing workforce.
Through a door knocking exercise of the South Woodham Ferrers trading estates, the team found out about the Low Carbon Business grants programme. From a subsequent visit, it became apparent that the firm could make a few low-cost alterations to the business, making it more energy efficient and cost effective to run but access to potential funding could dovetail nicely with the desire to improve the design and operations of the business.
Arbor Trading Ltd applied for a carbon reduction grant from the Low Carbon Business programme towards the cost of a number of key elements such as upgrading the old heating system, opening up the office space with panel lighting and LED spots elsewhere (including toilets and kitchen, not part of the original plans), adoption of a new VOIP telecom system and the aforementioned forklift.
Arbor Trading Ltd was successful in their grant application and received £8,734.05 towards the work. The firm is looking at a CO2 reduction of nearly 9 tonnes per annum, including fuel savings of the truck and staff mileage allowed through flexible working. This means a saving of over £3,000 a year in operating costs.
The staff are very happy with the outcome of the project, indeed their workforce has already grown by one with another position being filled as I type. The lighting review has pushed forward plans to upgrade the bay lighting and fluorescent strips beneath the mezzanine.