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iSE & LWM win LEAF funding to support social enterprises on household energy-saving agenda

Press Release – For immediate release: 15th February 2012, Birmingham, UK

Two BIRMINGHAM based social businesses, iSE and Localise West Midlands (LWM), are celebrating their success in winning national funding from LEAF.  This funding will resource 10 locally based social enterprises to engage in the energy saving agenda that will result in local householders saving money through energy efficiency.

LEAF (Local Energy Assessment Fund), a national fund managed by the Energy Saving Trust, is intended to be used to support the understanding of energy efficiency issues at a local level.  The BIRMINGHAM programme is one of only 200 awarded across the country. iSE and LWM are delighted to have resources to address issues in BIRMINGHAM of fuel poverty and low energy efficiency in many of the city’s households.

This funding has been made available as the Government gears itself up for the delivery of the Green Deal, the first scheme of its kind in the world around radically overhauling the energy efficiency of millions of homes across the UK.  Sarah Crawley, CEO of iSE, said “our work will enable BIRMINGHAM residents to have a better understanding of Green Deal and what energy efficiency measures they can take advantage of.”

Phil Beardmore from Localise West Midlands said “with LEAF funding, social enterprises will have a better understanding of the energy efficiency issues affecting their area and they will be able to help local people to save money and energy.”


Name: Sarah Crawley    Tel: 0121 771 1411            Name: Phil Beardmore Tel: 07791 839025




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