What We Offer

Low Carbon SMEs Project

Our remit is very specific: if you are an SME in the Black Country, Greater Birmingham and Solihull area and you’re concerned about energy, we’re here to help.

Low Carbon SMEs provides free, independent advice and grant support to SMEs in our target region on a whole range of energy efficiency challenges.

Our specialist strategies, experience and guidance are designed to set your business on a pathway to carbon reduction.

There’s no catch. We’re here to support your whole journey: right from the initial diagnostic energy audit, through to guidance on grant funding, to implementation and measurement.

Our Services

Our FREE energy diagnostic provides essential insight into your business energy use. We evaluate your energy consumption and benchmark energy management performance to identify potential for improvement


Lack of funding is cited as the number one barrier to energy efficiency. Find out if you are eligible for grant funding to kick-start your low carbon journey


We can tap into a broad range of expertise through Aston University, to overcome the toughest of energy challenges and benefit your business


By sharing specialist expertise and best practice, we can help you to identify and implement energy strategies that deliver maximum returns and rapid results


The SME Low Carbon project operates in GBSLEP (Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Areas) and Black Country LEP. To check your eligibility please visit the FAQs Page or contact a member of the Low Carbon SMEs Team

  • Birmingham
  • Bromsgrove
  • Redditch
  • Solihull
  • Wyre Forest
  • Dudley
  • Sandwell
  • Walsall
  • Wolverhampton

To be eligible for any of the available support, companies need to meet the following criteria:

  • Employ less than 200 employees.
  • Have an annual turnover of not exceeding €50 million and/or an annual balance sheet not exceeding €43 million.
  • Be based in Birmingham, Solihull, Wyre Forest; Bromsgrove; Redditch Or based in Black Country (Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell, Wolverhampton).
  • Have received no more than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the past 3 years.
  • Meet the eligibility guidelines for Low Carbon SMEs support.
Suitable Business Types

The project aims to support all manufacturing sectors but particularly seeks to work with high energy users such as:

  • Chemical Engineering
  • Cement
  • Foundries
  • Petrochemicals
  • Metal Cutting
  • Varnishes and similar coating
  • Construction
  • Printing ink and mastics.
  • Logistics
  • Restaurants
  • Manufacture of Paint