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Take action now to switch to electric before Brexit comes into force

Businesses in the Black Country need to take action now and apply for electric vehicle (EV) funding before Brexit comes into force, urges Mr. Electric, who is providing a simple and cost-effective way of installing EV charging points in the workplace, and Low Carbon Workspaces, who is offering grants to purchase new and used EV’s.

Mr. Electric, the UK’s leading electrical franchise brand, is an authorised installer from the Government’s Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV), and is helping commercial customers to apply for the Workplace Charging Scheme grants towards the upfront cost of the purchase and installation of EV charge points.  This offers up to £300 per socket (up to a maximum of 20 sockets) for business properties.

An additional grant of up to £5,000 is now also available for small and medium sized businesses in the Black Country to help deliver or pay for the installation of electric and plug-in hybrid electric fleet vehicles.  Low Carbon Workspaces, a funded project by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and provided by Ngage Solutions, is working in collaboration with Mr. Electric to urge businesses to take up these grants so they can not only improve their energy resources, but also reduce their fuel costs and save money and the environment.

Jeff Longley, Director of Mr Electric Birmingham North, explains: “The switch to electric vehicles is vital if the UK is to succeed in its aim to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040.  An automotive revolution is happening across the UK, led by a huge increase in popularity for electric vehicles (EVs) – the number of EVs on our roads has risen 20-fold over the past three years alone. By 2050, it’s predicted they will account for two-thirds of all vehicles on the road.  We also have a corporate social responsibility towards the environment, and as we move into the future, we fully support the growing demand for sustainable green transport technology and aim to be at the forefront of this sector.  We encourage businesses to take advantage of the funding now as it is only available for a limited time.   Let’s embrace these emerging technologies together.”

Daniel Cope, Project Officer – Black Country for Ngage Solutions Ltd, commented: “This is yet another fantastic opportunity for organisations to take advantage of the Low Carbon Workspaces grant.  Moving to electric vehicles has many benefits, and the addition of this grant has made the business case for EVs greater than ever.  The grants are proving a real hit, and with the imminent arrival of Brexit, businesses should take advantage of this funding now.”

The Low Carbon Workspace grant is available to eligible organisations looking to install energy and resource efficiency measures to reduce their energy, waste water and fuel costs, such as LED lighting, voltage optimisation, electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, solar panels and renewable technologies.

For further information about Mr Electric and the services it can offer, visit http://birminghamnorth.mr-electric.co.uk or call 0121 285 0136.

To apply for the Low Carbon Workplace grant, visit www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk, call

01494 927131 or email [email protected]

Mr Electric is one of the trade service brands for the Dwyer Group, Inc.  For more information about the Dwyer Group’s service brands visit www.dwyergroup.com

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For more information, contact: Georgina Watkins, Dwyer Group UK.  Tel: 01295 983395 / Email:  [email protected]

About Dwyer Group®:

Founded in 1981 and based in Waco, Texas, Dwyer Group is a holding company of 20 service brands, 18 of them franchised, with more than 3,100 franchisees and eight corporate support centers throughout North America, U.K. and Germany.   Dwyer group operates under the

following service marks: Aire Serv®, Glass Doctor®, The Grounds Guys®, Five Star Painting®, Molly Maid®, Mr. Appliance®, Mr. Electric®, Mr. Handyman®, Mr. Rooter®, Drain Doctor®, ProTect Painters®, Rainbow International®, Locatec®, Window Genie®, Neighborly®, Neighbourly®, Bright & Beautiful®, and Countrywide Grounds Maintenance®. Collectively, these independent franchise concepts offer customers worldwide a broad base of residential and commercial services. In addition, Dwyer Group operates glass shops in New England under the Portland Glass® and Cumberland County Glass® brand names. Dwyer Group is a portfolio company of The Riverside Company®, a global private equity firm. The firm’s international portfolio includes more than 75 companies. More information on Dwyer Group, and its franchise concepts, is available at www.dwyergroup.com. Dwyer Group is also on Twitter at @DwyerGroup. 

About Low Carbon Workspaces

Low Carbon Workspaces offers support and grants of between £1,000 – £5,000 to eligible small and medium sized businesses in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and the Black Country to help cover a third of the costs of a project that will help reduce energy consumption, waste, water and vehicle fuel costs.  The Low Carbon Workspaces Project is funded by The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is delivered and managed by Ngage Solutions, a not-for-profit company based in Buckinghamshire, who design and deliver programmes to support organisations, individuals and communities. Every year they provide practical solutions to real business needs. To date, Ngage Solutions has leveraged more than £60 million of funding to invest in business support services.  More information can be found via www.lowcarbonworkspaces.co.uk.