BEST Energy efficiency project

Fully-funded energy efficiency audit to help your business save energy and money

Rising energy costs are a significant issue for businesses of all sizes, operating in all sectors. The Business Energy Saving Team (BEST) can provide your business with a fully-funded energy efficiency audit, designed to help you to identify ways that you can save energy in your day to day business operations, thereby saving you money and helping to reduce your carbon-footprint. We may even be able to provide you with a grant to help cover the costs of improvements. So, you’ll reduce your running costs and be doing your ‘bit’ for the environment too. The BEST is a project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and delivered by local Councils, which aims to reduce energy use and costs in small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland.

At Decerna we will identify energy efficiency improvements and will work with your business to develop a plan to achieve these savings. Maybe there are improvements to your building that could reduce your energy usage? Or you may need to replace inefficient machinery or simply adopt new practices, that will make a real difference to the amount of energy you use…

You may also have the opportunity to apply for grant funding to help with the costs of implementing audit recommendations. Decerna will help you with this, if required, and will aim to make the process of carrying out the energy audit as easy as possible, with the minimum disruption to your business operations.


If you are interested in benefiting from BEST, simply complete the online ERDF eligibility form by following the link below and we will get back to you, as soon as possible.

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Alternatively, you can contact your local Council contact for more information about BEST and how it can help you:

Adele Kalow,
David Orr,
Sarah Johnson,
Lois Brentnall,
Catherine Pope,

Unfortunately, BEST is not available in South Tyneside.

If your business is located in Durham, go to for details of your local energy efficiency scheme.

ERDF Funding

BEST is a project, receiving up to £670,700 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020, and delivered by Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Northumberland and Sunderland Councils. The project will provide 250 SMEs with a free energy audit and offer grants to around 100 SMEs towards the costs of implementing the changes. The project aims to achieve reductions in Greenhouse Gas emissions of 1,000 tonnes CO2e.

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