This strand offers SMEs in any part of the HIE region a business development and/or engineering support package worth up to £15K to help them use IoT specifically to reduce business carbon footprint. We expect this will focus on changes that lead to business operational gains, e.g., reducing operating costs, or improving productivity or quality.
We can support companies working in any market sector, but are very interested in hearing from companies involved in manufacturing, food and drink, renewable energy, health and wellness, and tourism.
Using our connections and expertise, we can explore lots of potential solutions to your challenge, including different low-cost, tried-and-tested solutions that could work in your organisation to give you the result you want and quantify the impact you’ll be making to reach net zero targets.
The support offered could include a combination of:
It’s possible that your idea might possible overlap or combine with our Workstream 1 activities [link]. If that’s the case, talk to us before you apply so that can work out what’s best for you.
Where more than one company approaches us with a similar carbon reduction challenge, we may want to host an initial workshop to explore possible solutions before we go on to work with you 1-2-1.
In assessing your application, we’ll be looking to see if your idea:
To be eligible, companies must have their main operational base in the HIE region (Shetland, Orkney, Outer Hebrides, Caithness and Sutherland, Inner Moray Firth, Inverness, Moray, Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross and Argyll and the Islands).
You must be an SME. The UK government’s definition of SMEs:
Applications are critically assessed, but this is not a competition. Project funding is available on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis while funding exists.
You will need to contribute in some way to the project – either in cash or in-kind. We’ll discuss that with when you apply.
When the support package ends, we’ll produce a case study for our website that will be shared with Highlands and Islands Enterprise.