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13 August, 2019 - 20:37 By Kate Sweeney

Funding for sustainability in focus at East of England summits

BDO and Lloyds Bank have again joined forces to stage two ‘Sustainability Matters’ seminars in Cambridge and Ipswich on September 25 and 26. 

Registrations are now open as the organisers prepare to discuss funding for sustainability, Lloyds Bank’s Clean Growth Funding Initiative and the transition to a low carbon economy.

The September 25 event is at the Holiday Inn Cambridge and the September 26 session at The Mansion at Wherstead Park in Wherstead, Ipswich. Each runs from 7.30am until 9.30am and includes breakfast.

Speakers at the events are Carrie Rutland and Pandora Tucker from BDO’s Innovation and Technology Group; Mark Williamson of Lloyds Bank and Mike Potter and Ellie Vujasevic from DriveElectric.

Funding For Sustainability

The Government has introduced a number of incentives, primarily R&D tax credits and the patent box regime, designed to encourage companies to invest in sustainable manufacturing, technologies and environmental initiatives.

BDO's specialist state sector funding team will highlight some of the key opportunities and pitfalls to be aware of when submitting R&D and patent box claims drawing on their latest discussions with HMRC. This will put companies in a position to optimise their claims in a robust manner that stands up to HMRC scrutiny. 

Clean Growth Funding Initiative

The aim of the Lloyds Bank Clean Growth Funding Initiative is to be the most inclusive UK and European green funding proposition in the market, incentivising all types of businesses to invest in a lower environmental impact economy by providing discounted lending for green purposes.

Transition to a Low Carbon Economy

Given Lloyds Bank’s unique position in the heart of the UK economy and its vision of helping Britain prosper, the successful transition to a more sustainable, lower carbon economy is of strategic importance to everyone.

Lex Autolease, part of the Lloyds Banking Group, has been at the forefront of electric vehicle technology and continues to build on a sustainability strategy by providing customers with the vehicles and tools to assist their transition to ultra-low emitting vehicles.

DriveElectric, Lex Autolease's nominated electric vehicle partner for customers will fleets of fewer than 20 vehicles, has been successfully delivering electric vehicles since 2008. They will share their experience of implementing this new technology in businesses and tell you how electric cars can bring you substantial savings.

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