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28th August 2014

A Green Deal for the Community

Hewitsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Team recently worked with United Sustainable Energy Agency and the National Energy Foundation to set up a community interest company backed by a consortium of local authorities with the aim of becoming a lead provider under the Government’s Green Deal scheme.

Hewitsons’ Charities and Social Enterprise Team recently worked with United Sustainable Energy Agency and the National Energy Foundation to set up a community interest company backed by a consortium of local authorities with the aim of becoming a lead provider under the Government’s Green Deal scheme. Thus Green Deal Together was born. Under this scheme, property owners can make energy saving improvements to their home or business without having to pay the costs up front. Following an assessment of the property, the owner can apply for funding and a suitable plan: a Green Deal provider then carries out the work. The costs are paid off in instalments through more efficient electricity bills. Green Deal Together will assist property owners with identifying appropriate energy saving improvements for their property. The new community interest company provides a complete service and is an accredited Green Deal provider under the Government’s scheme. As Green Deal Together’s services are delivered through a community interest company, the company’s assets can only ever be used for its social objectives, with limits applying to the profits that can be passed on to its shareholders. The shareholders are the local authorities who have committed tio supporting Green Deal Together, as well as National Energy Foundation as successor to USEA. Chris Knight, Head of Charities and Social Enterprise at Hewitsons, comments: “We see a lot of our clients who are interested in running businesses exclusively for the benefit of the community choose the vehicle of a community interest company. These type of companies send a clear message to their customers, that the sole purpose of the company is to benefit the people it caters for.” For further details on the Green Deal, visit the Governments guide by clicking here. If you want to discuss how you can make use of a community interest company to benefit your local community or the public at large, please contact Chris Knight on 01604 233233 or click here to email Chris. For more information about your Charity services please click here.

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