We have done it! We have qualified for a £25,000 grant enabling us to forge ahead with our sustainable plans for the future.

In mid-June 2020, we were notified by Chamber Low Carbon, that we qualified for support under the scheme and the team can now set to work making substantial improvements to our building.

Our Managing Director, Jack Bannister, said: “This comes as fantastic news for the business and we’re keen to get started on the improvements right away.

“We’ve been in the building for eight years now and in 2017 bought it from Craggs Energy, as we sought to secure our future here in the town.

“We’ve been doing a lot work during the lockdown period to refresh the Rapid IT brand both in terms of marketing and internal branding and to get the go-ahead on these additional plans really is the icing on the cake.”

We arranged for an in-depth survey to be carried out on our warehouse and offices, which have previously operated as a fizzy drinks’ factory and as a storage depot by Cooke Oils. The results advised that our premises are in poor condition and needs substantial improvements to both the building fabric and the heating and power installations, to improve its environmental performance and reduce carbon emissions.

We engaged with Edge Efficiency who advised a project to be undertaken to replace the poorly insulated roof and external wall cladding with a modern, well insulated, and air-tight cladding system, incorporating high levels of insulation.

This would simultaneously enable us to improve the energy efficiency and internal thermal comfort conditions for our team. As part of this work, we are also installing a 30kW solar PV system, which will help provide our own on-site zero carbon power source, further reducing our carbon footprint.

Jack said: “Our ultimate goal is to become a carbon neutral business, and this is a big step towards achieving that. With the grant in place, we’re now ready to start our journey.

“We have already contacted local contractors to go ahead with the works, which we hope will be complete within the next two months.

“It really is a huge investment in the business, in the area and in our staff and we look forward to a long, sustainable future in the county.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has helped us throughout this process from Chamber Low Carbon, Edge Efficiency and all our suppliers.”