Workman fitting solar panel

Funding given to eight businesses to ease energy costs

Funding granted by Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council to businesses for green projects has helped to ease the high energy costs associated with the running of the businesses, as well as being good for the planet.

In round three of the council’s green business grant scheme, part-financed by the UK Shared Prosperity fund, nearly £40,000 has been allocated to eight businesses.

Businesses and projects that have benefitted from this round of funding include:

  • Berry Housing Trust, Fairseat - provider of housing for elderly – solar panels
  • Plumb 4 Less, Aylesford – merchant and bathroom retail business – solar panels
  • Teal Cafe, Hildenborough – hospitality sector - new induction oven
  • VO2 Maximum, Hildenborough – personal training and health advice – new insulated solid roof
  • Capital Space, Kings Hill - flexible working solutions – LED lighting and control panels
  • Retroelectric Cars, Borough Green – low emission vehicle conversion - research and development for extended vehicle battery usage
  • Communigrow, East Malling - sustainable food education charity – solar panels and storage batteries
  • Forever Zen, Tonbridge – herbal, beauty, and spa treatments – more efficient lighting, heating and insulation for shop unit

Cllr Robin Betts, Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council’s cabinet member for climate change, regeneration, and property, said: ‘I am delighted that the council is able to support our small businesses through the green business grant scheme, in their efforts to reduce CO2 emissions to meet our 2030 net zero goal for our borough.

‘We can see how even small projects, such as swapping old lighting fixtures for LED versions, can save money on energy bills, and are good for the environment. I hope that more businesses in the borough will apply for, and benefit from, similar funding opportunities in the future.’


Published: Thursday, 13th July 2023