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How we work with organisations to run greener businesses with Scottish Government unsecured SME loans from £1k to £100k


The Boat Hotel in Boat of Garten saved £16,650 and 115 tonnes of CO2, thanks advice from Resource Efficient Scotland and an interest-free loan to purchase a biomass boiler.

Inverness Tennis and Squash Club serves up energy savings of almost £7k.

 "Without the loan from the SME Loan Fund and grant from Carbon Clever, it would have been quite impossible for the Inverness Tennis and Squash Club to have undertaken this much needed project. We are most grateful, not just for the invaluable funding support, but also for the information, guidance and encouragement we received to pursue the project, and for the impressive speed and efficiency with which both bodies responded to our enquiries and applications." David Henderson, Chair, Inverness Tennis and Squash Club. 

Scallywags Childrens’ Nursery invests in heating, lighting and the installation of double glazing and saves £20k.

 "The support from Resource Efficient Scotland was a great help in improving the efficiency of the nursery. The interest-free loan was particularly useful; many of the refurbishment costs were higher than expected, and without the loan cash flow could have become an issue. The new equipment is working well and we are already looking at next steps to monitor and reduce our energy and water use." Robert Farren, Joint Company Director, Scallywags Children’s Nursery.

With the help of a Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan, manufacturers Merson Group installed a modern lighting system that will save the business over £12,700.

Ardroy Outdoor Learning Centre invests in biomass boiler and saves over £25k.

"As an Eco-Centre it is important that everything we do supports our ethos of sustainability. The children and adults visiting us can experience a sustainable living and working environment during their stay so having a biomass heating system is a wonderful addition to what we offer.  The advice from Resource Efficient Scotland helped us:

  • identify a heating system which saved us money
  • reduced our carbon emissions and provided the capacity to extend the system at a later date.

None of this would have happened without the help of the Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loan and the support from Resource Efficient Scotland made the difference between us wanting to do something and actually achieving it." David Thorpe, Finance Director, Ardroy Outdoor Centre.

FTS Dyers Ltd, Scottish Government Loan for resource efficiency, resource efficient scotland, interest-free loan, unsecured, funding for small and medium enterprises

“The Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan has enabled our business to upgrade two ageing and inefficient boilers whilst  also helping us reduce our energy costs by £3,600 per year and significantly reducing our energy use by 96,768kWh and our carbon emissions by 17.8 tonnes CO2e. The whole process of applying for the SME Loan has been without any problems from start to finish.” Nicholas Henderson, Proprietor,  Burts Hotel, Melrose.

Klinge Chemicals, Scottish Government Loan for resource efficiency, resource efficient scotland, interest-free loan, unsecured, funding for small and medium enterprises

"The Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan has allowed my business to improve its energy supply. This helped improve the environment both for me and my customers by enabling me to get rid of my noisy and costly petrol generator. The loan made a dramatic difference to my businesses profitability and energy efficiency." Leigh Sedgley, Owner/Manager, Living the Dream.

A Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan is helping Bainfield Bowling Club upgrade its heating and lighting systems, cutting the club’s energy costs by over £12,200.

Adam Purves Galashiels, Scottish Government Loan for resource efficiency, resource efficient scotland, interest-free loan, unsecured, funding for small and medium enterprises

 “We are very grateful to the team at Resource Efficient Scotland for all their help and guidance over the past year. Through their impartial guidance we have installed both an electrical vehicle charge point and a new Biomass Boiler with District Heating System for 12 houses. With so much confusing and contradicting information available on what was a considerable investment we found the knowledge base and information available via a dedicated Implementation Advisor and the team made the difference between us wanting to put in a new Biomass system and us actually having it installed…. We'd like to say a big thank you to the team at Resource Efficient Scotland for all of their hard work and look forward to moving forward to the next stage with their balanced, impartial guidance.” Kenneth McKenzie, Owner, Highland Farm Cottages.   

Scottish Government Loan for resource efficiency, resource efficient scotland, interest-free loan, unsecured, funding for small and medium enterprises Scottish Government Loan for resource efficiency, resource efficient scotland, interest-free loan, unsecured, funding for small and medium enterprises

How to access a SME Loan for your business

Unsecured, interest-free* Scottish Government loans of up to £100k are available to small and medium-sized enterprises to improve resource efficiency.

Contact us for a free consultation on which measures will deliver the best return on your investment. Call 0808 808 2268 or email enquiries@enquiries@resourceefficientscotland.com

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