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Shell Springboard Open for Entries

The Shell Springboard Awards programme 2009/10 is now open for entries. Shell Springboard provides a financial boost to innovative, low carbon business ideas from across the UK. £40,000 is awarded every year, no strings attached, to eight businesses with an innovative product or service that will lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions and is commercially viable. This year, the deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 6th November 2009 and awards will be made in early 2010. Judging will be carried out by three regional panels of independent experts. Up to two businesses from each region will then meet a national judging panel prior to the announcement of an overall UK winner. More information and detailed terms and conditions for the awards can be found on the website www.s... »

SMEs Lead in Low Carbon Technologies

The UK is the European hotbed in the innovation of low carbon technologies and attracts 41% of the total venture capital and private equity investment in low–carbon SMEs in the EU, according to a new report. The new research also reveals that the global low carbon energy market opportunity could reach £2,000 billion per annum by 2030. By 2050, Britain aims to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 60% of 1990 levels, and the country’s small and medium sized businesses are already leading the way. UK SMEs in particular attracted a significant share (43%) of the £755 million private equity investment in European low carbon small businesses between January 2006 and March 2008 An independent study from Vivid Economics and commissioned by Shell Springboard, suggests that... »

Climate-conscious firms apply for Funding

Climate-conscious firms apply for Funding

Environmentally friendly small firms are being urged to put themselves forward for the opportunity to win a financial boost of up to £40,000 courtesy of Shell. Applicants to the Shell Springboard fund are required to demonstrate that their product or service can help combat climate change, and is innovative and commercially viable enough to be worthy of a grant of between £20,000 and £40,000. Judges are looking for businesses with ideas with the potential to break new ground while using sound financial planning and market understanding. Shell is offering a maximum of six awards to businesses in each of three regions — Scotland and Northern Ireland, northern and central England, and Wales and southern England. Regional winners will be selected in February 2009. Six w... »

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Pioneers pitch for £40,000 Shell funding

Small businesses with pioneering ideas to combat climate change are being offered the chance to win awards of up to £40K from Shell. The Shell Springboard programme, now in its fourth year, will give six awards of between twenty and forty thousand pounds to SMEs in each of three UK regions – Scotland and Northern Ireland; northern and central England; and Wales and southern England. Businesses wishing to apply must have been established for at least three months, have fewer than 250 employees and be set up either as a sole–trader, partnership, limited company or community–interest company. To convince the judging panel, ideas must be innovative, lead to greenhouse gas reductions and be commercially viable. Shell UK chairman James Smith said; “SMEs are a vibran... »