Business Energy Saving Scheme

The Business Energy Saving Scheme (BESS) offers 100% interest-free unsecured loan to all types of businesses seeking to make their operations more energy efficient and lower their energy costs. 

  • 100% unsecured interest-free loans
  • Recently extended eligibility criteria 
  • Fast-track options available 
  • Simple payback process; loans are repaid over the period as the energy costs savings are made to the business
  • 100% interest-free unsecured loan towards the cost of energy efficiency projects
  • Financial assistance starting from £1,000 up to £20,000 per project
  • Five year payback period
  • Fast-track application process for loans under £5,000
  • Applicants can also complete a Business Improvement Scheme Environmental Efficiency project
Types of projects covered

A wide range of energy efficiency projects are eligible for support, including the following:

  • Lighting & lighting controls
  • Heating & heating controls
  • Insulation upgrades
  • Heat recovery systems
  • Pipe insulation
  • Solar heating systems, including solar panelling 
  • Wind turbines
  • Electric Vehicle (EV) charging points

All applicants must complete an Application form, along with:

  • 3 supplier quotes

For applications under £5,000: 

  • Executive summary of the business
  • Latest annual accounts

For applications over £5,000:

  • Full business plan
  • Last 3 years financial accounts


  • "We took advantage of the business loan before we opened, knowing that we would be buying a high efficiency cooking range which is much more efficient than a traditional range. The process was simple and straightforward and has allowed us to save more than 40% on gas bills."

    Shane Hesketh, Fryers Fish & Chips 



  • Improvements made to Business Energy Saving Scheme

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