Environmental taxes, reliefs and schemes for businesses encourage businesses to operate in a more environmentally friendly way. There are different taxes and schemes designed for different kinds and size of business. You may be able to get reliefs or be exempt from some taxes. For example:

  • if you need to use a lot of energy because of the nature of your business
  • if you’re a small business that doesn’t use much energy
  • if you buy energy-efficient technology for your business

Carbon Trust online support and resources for small and medium-sized organisations, together with practical advice and solutions to help SMEs identify and implement actions to reduce their energy overheads and improve their bottom line.

Carbon Trust green business fund is the energy efficiency support service for small and medium-sized companies in England, Wales and Scotland. It provides direct funded support through energy assessments, training workshops, equipment procurement support and up to £5,000 capital contribution per company towards your energy saving equipment purchase.

Waterwise has a guide to help businesses save water. In addition to helping reduce costs, decreasing water consumption can help your business comply with current and future environmental legislation, reduce its carbon footprint, improve your company’s environmental performance and generate positive PR.

Grants4Growth is funded by the European Union in the East of England. SMEs (businesses with fewer than 250 employees) in Bedford Borough can apply for a grant towards capital investment in equipment or processes that reduce fuel or energy costs. 

Weathering the Storm (PDF) is a guide to support SMEs in the East of England to consider the business risks and opportunities that extreme weather and climate change present. The guide helps businesses understand how they can examine their process, their operations and their assets so as to uncover the nature and size of the risks they may face.