The Skills Innovation Grant gives local business E-Verve support on their way to achieving Net Zero status

06 Jul 2022

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St Helens Chamber is working with local partners on the “Together to Zero” programme, which has been supporting local businesses and young people to receive funding and skills training to become greener as part of Liverpool City Region’s commitment to become Net Zero carbon by 2040.

As part of this programme through the Capital Grant Fund, the Chamber has been providing the ‘Skills Innovation Grant’. This provides revenue and capital grants to St Helens and Liverpool City Region located businesses, education, training, and other community-based delivery partners to build capacity and help address current and future employer skills needs in our efforts to achieve Net Zero carbon by 2040.

Leon Carroll, Project Manager at St Helens Chamber, commented: “There’s been an amazing take up with the Together to Zero project, with businesses keen to get involved and its great to see their commitment to working towards Net Zero.

“The skills innovation grants are a welcome addition to this project, and have given us the chance to support local businesses with projects that will have a real impact on their carbon emissions – its fantastic for the Region to be taking action too.”

One of the recipients of the ‘Skills Innovation Grant’ is E-Verve Energy. E-Verve Energy were named Green Business of the Year in 2021 and are one of the UK’s leading independent providers of EV charging infrastructure; providing EV charging solutions for domestic, commercial and on-street purposes across the North West, North Wales, Cumbria, South Wales and the Midlands.

Jennifer Greenan, Director of E-Verve Energy, commented: “We applied for the Together to Zero innovation grant as the project aligns with our business objectives and ambition to help support Net Zero targets and the LCR’s Climate Action Plan.

“The innovation grant is being used to propel our business diversification in other areas of the green sector such as solar panel installation and battery storage systems which complement our current EV charging offerings.”

Alongside propelling their business into other areas of the green sector and enhancing their journey towards Net Zero the Innovation Grant will also give E-Verve and other local businesses the opportunity to access training so employees can be a part of the change being made.

Jennifer explained: “The funding will allow us to upskill our current workforce and provide training in these new areas which will help our domestic and commercial customers tackle rising energy prices and reduce their carbon footprint.

To find out more about the support available for businesses wanting to reduce their carbon footprint, contact