Upcoming Low Carbon SME Workshops & Events

Our series of masterclass workshops aim to boost productivity and profitability by enabling carbon-conscious SMEs to acquire new skills, resources and knowledge. These sessions are designed to deliver tangible impacts by improving participants’ knowledge of carbon reduction and building awareness of new techniques, technologies and innovations.

Each workshop is delivered by experts, usually from our own specialist academic team – each of whom has accumulated a wealth of industry experience. Practical advice and guidance is coupled with real world experience for maximum learning outcomes.

For information on upcoming workshops and to register, please scroll below. To book select the appropriate workshop and click book now.

Workshops 2019 - 2020

Please watch this space for further details on the upcoming workshops. If you are interested in any specific workshop, please do get in touch with us.

Our FREE ‘FastTrack Business Energy Efficiency Review’ workshop will evaluate your organisation's energy use and advise on grant funding opportunities.


Pathway to Energy Efficiency Grant Funding for Black Country SMEs

Black Country SMEs are invited to join the Low Carbon SMEs’ interactive ‘Pathway to Grant Funding’ workshop for the chance to apply for low carbon grants to cover 50% of the capital costs of replacing old and energy inefficient equipment.

Delivered by Aston University, workshop participants will receive 1-2-1 support to complete an ‘on the day’ review of their businesses’ energy use and also determine their carbon footprint. Upon completing this short exercise, companies will be given the opportunity to discuss their carbon reduction project proposals with our energy experts, and also FastTrack their grant application (subject to eligibility).

What we have on offer: 

  • On the day analysis of your business’s energy-use  (please bring along copies of your annual energy bills)
  • Apply for a low carbon grant of up to £12,250 to reduce energy costs (matched funded)
  •  Direct advice and support available on workplace wellbeing and energy efficiency best practices

Book your places today. Limited funds available!


09:30 AM: Registration & networking
10:00 AM: Welcome note
10:10 AM: Introduction to the Low Carbon SMEs Programme
10:20 AM: 1-2-1 surgery sessions
12:20 PM: Closing note
12:30 PM: Buffet lunch and networking
01:00 PM: Close


Please Note- We have limited spaces for this event, therefore preferance will be given to SMEs registering to attend. If you are not an SME and would like to attend this event, please email smelowcarbon@aston.ac.uk

SME Eligibility:

  • Have an annual turnover of not exceeding €50 million and/or an annual balance sheet not exceeding €43million
  • This workshop is open to all SMEs in the Black Country (Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, and Wolverhampton) LEP area only.
  • Have received no more than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the past 3 years.
  • Employ less than 250 employees

Contact us:

For any enqiries, please email- smelowcarbon@aston.ac.uk or call us on 0121 204 3480, 0121 204 4248. To find out more about Low Carbon SMEs programme, please visit-http://www.smelowcarbon.co.uk.

This Programme is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.


Venue directions & Parking- Wolverhampton Science Park, Wolverhmapton Business Solutions, WV10 9RT

From Stafford Road (A449) please enter Coxwell Avenue then take the first left to enter Glaisher Drive. The Wolverhampton Business Solutions Centre /The Black Country Growth Hub is the first building on your right.

For sat nav- Please include Wolverhampton Business Solutions, WV10 9RT on Google Maps.

Parking-There is plenty of free parking on site however this is on a first come first serve basis, there is additional parking in the overflow car park, which is just a short walking distance from us. Any enquiries please contact our receptionist on 01902 322624 .


03-05-2019 Grant Funding for Black Country SMEs Book Now
Low Carbon Logistics for Sustainability

The goal of the workshop is twofold: to provide an overview of the current challenges for improving logistics and transport operations; and to identify and share best practices in order to reduce environmental and financial costs. The workshop will involve presentations from key players in the UK freight logistics and transport sector and a round table with experts from industry and academia. Join us for best practices to reduce your environmental and business costs 


Black Country Launch

We are delighted to announce that our free low carbon advice and grant support programme is now available to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the Black Country. Eligible businesses can receive dedicated one-to-one support from energy experts and world-class academics to reduce their carbon footprint, and develop a holistic approach to energy efficiency that will lead you to higher productivity and increased net profit. Companies will be given the opportunity to apply for grant funding to cover 50% of the capital costs of replacing old and energy inefficient equipment.