SME Energy Audit Programme
London Borough of Merton

23rd November 2017
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Briar has an excellent reputation for working with Small and Medium-sized Enterprises to identify and deliver wide ranging energy, carbon and cost savings that increase SMEs profitability. We have been engaged to manage many energy audit programmes aimed at supporting SMEs and run by organisations including local authorities, universities, chambers of commerce and trade association.

Merton ‘Brighter Business’ Energy Audit Programme

London Borough of Merton is one of England’s leading Local Authorities in promoting environmental sustainability. Following the success of a major energy and water audit programme of over 100 corporate sites, Briar was appointed to support the Council in delivering its Brighter Business programme to identify and quantify cost effective ‘invest to save’ energy, carbon, water and cost saving opportunities within local businesses


The programme was successfully delivered over 24 months and resulted in:

  • The provision of free energy audits and delivery of bespoke energy efficiency reports to 70 local businesses.
  •  Over half of participating businesses installing energy efficiency improvement measures.
  • Almost £65,000 of grant funding and £30,000 of private investment in energy efficiency improvement projects.
  • Potential total annual savings of over £95,000 and 370 tonnes of CO2 across the participating businesses.

Delivered under the Mayor of London’s 2015-2018 LEP programme and shortlisted for the Local Government Chronicle (LGC) Environmental Services award 2018, the project engaged with hundreds of local businesses. Working closely with the team at London Borough of Merton, Briar actively followed up and assisted the SMEs to understand the energy efficiency opportunities and value at stake. The project was refreshing due to the ease of access to support and funding, resulting in 50% of the SMEs being actively engaged and investing their own money into carbon reduction projects.
The programme has made a real difference by stimulating interest in energy efficiency amongst SMEs and assisting the local economy through SME investment. Effective management and minimal red tape delivered exceptional results.

"The Brighter Business programme has been a very successful initiative and has enabled the Council to support local businesses in identifying and driving forward energy efficiency measures to deliver real energy, carbon and cost savings."

Damian Hemmings - Climate Change Officer

For more information contact us at or 01384 397777

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