Green cash bid for small firmsBy Paul Robins
November 03, 2008
Reading is planning to apply to Europe for some cash to help small and medium-sized businesses to deliver goods and services in an eco-friendly way.
The borough council is already well placed to get cash from the European Regional Development Programme because, unlike most local authorities in the Thames Valley, it has already passed the pre-qualification requirements to become a potential lead partner.
The council’s cabinet will receive a report tonight describing three applications for cash from the £30 million Euro-pot, all with a green theme.
The first – in partnership with the Thames Valley Procurement Forum, Business Link, Social Enterprise Berkshire and Reading UK CIC – is for a project to support local small and medium enterprises, voluntary and community groups so that they are better placed to deliver their goods and services to organisations which wanted to do business with sustainable operations.
The second is a design and innovation tender which proposes a partnership with a range of public and private sector organisations to develop a Zero Carbon Centre to showcase new technologies and support local companies to help them meet sustainability targets.
The final bid for cash is for sustainable transport which would involve electronic information systems direct to individuals, public buildings and business to encourage people to use public transport.
This would build on a project already running in the borough called the SEEDA WiMax pilot which sends public transport messages to mobile phones.