Cost of living support

Colchester City Council is providing support for residents facing the cost of living crisis.

Colchester's Big Community Switch - Businesses

Find out how businesses can cut their energy costs and access fully funded support to reduce their environmental impact.


  • Make energy costs cheaper
  • Fully funded energy efficiency consulting programme for young SMEs and start-ups
  • How can I sign up?

Make energy costs cheaper!

iChoosr have joined forces with a broker called 'Make it Cheaper' to provide businesses with information on how they can reduce their energy bills, they will help local companies negotiate the best deals by moving to commercial tariffs and meters. To find out more please go to the Make it Cheaper website or call 0800 188 4915.

Fully funded energy efficiency consulting programme for young SMEs and start-ups

The Carbon Trust launched the new Horizon 2020 funded START2ACT consulting programme in August 2017 to provide energy efficiency advice to young SMEs and start-ups.

START2ACT is an energy efficiency support programme for young SMEs and start-ups, funded by the European Commission's Horizon 2020 programme. The programme can help your business to identify and implement low cost energy saving measures, to save money on your energy bills and reduce your environmental impact. START2ACT has also been designed to improve how you manage energy now and in the future, so that you can lay the groundwork for long term sustainable growth.

Businesses taking part in START2ACT will receive three visits from a Carbon Trust expert over the course of a year, including:

  • Identification and implementation of low cost energy saving opportunities
  • Support with understanding and managing energy
  • A training pack including top tips, easy-to-use templates, checklists and energy saving materials

The format of these visits will be flexible to allow you to ask questions and solve any problems that you face when implementing energy saving projects.

If you are interested in taking part but your business does not have a fixed site or premises, you can receive remote advice from a Carbon Trust expert over the phone. This could include advice on green marketing, greening products and services and minimising the footprint of your business as it grows, as well as answering any specific questions that you may have.

How can I sign up?

If you would like to benefit from this free support, please email or register your interest here. Visit the Carbon Trust website to read more about START2ACT and other support programmes.

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696069.

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