Businesses Energised at first Sustainability Forum

Local businesses were inspired to think about how to increase their energy efficiency at the first Sustainability forum, held in association with the Business Energy Efficiency Programme (BEEP) at Thorlux Lighting earlier this month.

Attendees heard from Liz Rushton, Energy Efficiency Advisor, who provided an introduction to the programme, which offers eligible small-to-medium sized businesses free energy assessments and access to 40% grant funding up to £20,000.

Businesses also heard from Richard Caple; Thorlux Lighting, who spoke about what to consider when buying LEDs, and Ed Horgan; Briar Associates, who provided an insight into common areas where businesses waste energy.

Visitors enjoyed a tour around Thorlux Lighting’s application centre in Redditch, including the factory, Warehouse & Distribution, SMT Lab and Product Testing lab. Visitors enjoyed watching the manufacture of the luminaires through a mixture of traditional and modern processes, as well as learning about the latest energy saving lighting solutions and witnessing the assembly of Thorlux’s LED circuit boards.

Ben Groves, Head of Commercial – Strategic Markets at e-Careers, an attendee at the forum, said: “My colleague and I wanted to say thank you for the invite to the Sustainability Forum event at Thorlux Lighting at the start of March. The presentations and presenters were engaging, the venue and organisation brilliant and the connections we made with like-minded local businesses were second to none. We are looking forward to attending at future events!”

The Business Energy Efficiency Programme is receiving up to £1,450,502 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. For more information visit the website.

The next forum in association with BEEP will be held on Thursday 6 April at Cargill Meats Europe, Hereford. Businesses are encouraged to register interest now by contacting Worcestershire Business Central: Tel: 01905 677 888; email


Pictured: The first sustainability forum took place at Thorlux earlier this month.