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More eco-friendly measures at Kings Hill business centre

More eco-friendly measures at Kings Hill business centre
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More eco-friendly measures at Kings Hill business centre
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

We are delighted to share that we have been successful in winning a grant that will help Capital Space to reduce our carbon footprint, by improving our car park lighting and adding additional monitoring devices to help reduce electricity consumption. The Green Business Grant Scheme offered by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council is incredibly important for our business as we strive to be sustainable. We share what this means for our Churchill Square business community and how it will help towards some of our green initiatives!

What is the Green Business Grant Scheme?

Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s Green Business Grant Scheme is part-funded through the Government’s UK Shared Prosperity fund (UKSPF). The UKSPF is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve ‘pride in place’ and increase life chances across the UK by investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

This scheme forms part of the latest initiative of the Council’s wider economic recovery and climate change strategies. The green grant is primarily for capital projects divided into two categories:

  • businesses based in either Tonbridge and Malling borough or Sevenoaks district operating in the green economy to help them develop new ideas and initiatives
  • any business located within these areas that are looking to reduce their carbon footprint.

How Capital Space plans to use our Green Business Grant

The grant will be spent on changing 30 of our Churchill Square Business Centre  100w external floodlights with 50w alternatives that have built-in (Passive Infrared Receiver) PIR – a motion sensor technology that detects heat emitted by objects within the sensor’s field of vision – which should save just over 13,000 kwh of electricity per year.

It will also go towards the installation of four Solaredge Edge Modbus Monitoring Devices which will be installed onto the photovoltaics (PV) arrays – solar electricity panels –  to show just how much of the PV generated electricity we are using within the building. We trialled one on Building 20 and we have them installed on the new arrays at Loughton Seedbed Centre which worked well, so hopefully they will give us the same kind of results for Churchill Square.

The sum of the grant we have been awarded is £1975.20, which is roughly a third of the total cost of the work.

Reducing our carbon footprint benefits our customers

Churchill Square Business Centre manager Toni Wilkinson said:

“As a company, Capital Space Ltd are passionate about learning and improving where possible to help reduce our carbon footprint, and in turn help reduce this for our customers too. Thanks to our Projects Co-ordinator, we have been successful in receiving the Green Business Grant Scheme from Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council, which will help pay towards our upcoming green improvements on the square. I am sure the customers and team will all join me in celebrating all of these improvements that help us all continue to do our part for the environment.”

Making improvements to our business centres is important and we are always looking for ways to enhance funding to maximise on planned initiatives. To receive funding from the Green Business Grant Scheme is fantastic in helping us achieve our green business goals. Head over to our insight page to find out what other green initiatives have been put in place this year to help our businesses flourish while keeping their carbon footprint low.