Green Grant brings energy savings for local firm

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Metro mayor Dan Norris (2nd from right) meets business owner James Collis-Pritchard (centre, seated) and some of the staff at Pentagon Play

Metro mayor Dan Norris has paid a visit to a Bradley Stoke children’s playground specialist to see how the company is benefiting from a Green Business Grant scheme.

Pentagon Play has received a grant of £3,000 from the West of England Combined Authority, which Mr Norris now leads. The cash injection means Pentagon Play can make energy saving improvements to its premises. The business, which designs and installs playground equipment for schools and nurseries, is using its grant to fit eco-friendly LED lighting with sensors to help save energy.

Metro mayor Dan Norris said:

“Protecting our planet whilst saving businesses money shouldn’t be complicated, it needs to be child’s play. I’m urging businesses across the West of England to answer the call – decisions taken now will determine what sort of world our children and grandchildren inherit. Thank you to James and the team for showing me around Pentagon Play’s HQ. I loved the obstacle course and the sturdy wooden mud kitchen. The local team was really enthusiastic and clearly proud of their work.”

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James Collis-Pritchard managing director and owner of Pentagon Play said:

“Our business focuses on developing learning and play environments for children of today to make the world a better place for the adults of tomorrow. We believe we have clear responsibilities to make changes to our practices which support sustainable and green trading. As well as our lighting improvements we have also purchased electric vehicles to reduce our emissions and are constantly reviewing our methods and implementing changes to the way we operate with the focus on reducing our carbon footprint to zero.”

Green Business Grants are available up to £15,000 to help small and medium sized businesses make energy saving improvements to their buildings and business operations. The grant pays for 50 to 80 percent of costs depending on the business size, location and project. The grant is funded by the West of England Combined Authority’s Recovery Fund and the European Regional Development Fund.

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• Pentagon Play installations in the local area include recent play area refurbishments at Jubilee Green, Bradley Stoke and Meade Park, Stoke Gifford.

This article originally appeared in the July/August 2021 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 3). The magazine is delivered FREE, nine times a year, to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.

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