SMALL and medium-sized enterprises in Bolton can apply for grants of up to £12,500 to improve their energy efficiency.

Grants are being offered by GC Business Growth Hub, to pay for half the costs of projects priced between £2,000 and £25,000.

This can see old equipment replaced with more modern, energy-efficient kit.Such a move could see SMEs reduce their energy bills by more than 50 per cent and boast of their green credentials.

The grants, being offered by GC Business Growth Hub, could pay for half the cost of projects worth between £2,000 and £25,000 to replace old equipment with more modern, energy-efficient kit.

Promoters say the grants are available for a limited time on a first-come first-served basis and can go towards, for example, a new LED lighting system for a firm’s premises, heating equipment upgrades, replacement drives or motors.

Local firms trading with other businesses, employing fewer than 250 people and with a turnover of less than £40m last year are eligible.

Kevin Lambert, GC's resource efficiency lead, said: "We can provide the funding SMEs need to upgrade their lighting or equipment, slash energy bills and reduce their environmental impact. Going green could help SMEs cut their energy bills by half or more.

"The application process is simple and we will respond within 24 working hours to confirm your eligibility and get things moving. Becoming more energy efficient will enable SMEs to play a role in helping make Greater Manchester one of the greenest places in Europe.

"Our specialists have been helping small and medium-sized businesses in Greater Manchester increase efficiency, boost profitability and cut carbon emissions since 2001."

For more details visit or contact GC Business Growth Hub via e-mail at or by calling 0161 359 3050.