Guiseley-based fabric manufacturer, Abraham Moon, are forecast save over £10,000 per year on energy bills with support from the LEP.
Abraham Moon, a Guiseley-based woollen fabric manufacturer, wanted to lower their energy bills and reduce their environmental impact. Following support from the LEP, they have been able to invest in energy-efficient equipment that will help them to:
- Save an estimated £10,630 per year on energy bills
- Reduce carbon emissions by an estimated 20.3 tonnes per year
We were keen to find ways to reduce energy consumption whilst growing the business. Support from the LEP has enabled us to achieve cost savings, reduce our environmental footprint and improve our processes.Operations Director, Abraham Moon
Building business resilience
Founded in 1837, Abraham Moon is one of the few remaining vertical woollen mills in Great Britain and their high-quality fabrics are used in apparel, furnishings and accessories.
The production of woollen fabrics is an energy intensive process and as fuel costs continue to rise and concerns for climate change grow, the business sought ways to reduce their energy consumption.
Identifying sustainable solutions
Abraham Moon contacted the LEP through Leeds City Council. A meeting with a Resource Efficiency Manager and a free audit helped them to identify areas of the business with a high energy demand and potential cost and carbon saving opportunities.
The firm then received a £13,000 grant to install Variable Speed Drive (VSD) motors on to their wool spinning frames, this is forecast to save them 86,976 kWh of electricity per year and over £10,000 on their energy bills.
The benefit of external support
Commenting on the support from the LEP, Trevor Durant, Operations Director of Abraham Moon said, “As a business we are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and environmental impact, so it is important for us to find ways to reduce the energy consumption of our operations.
“Our Resource Efficiency Manager was on hand to help from the beginning to the end of the project and guided us through the audit and grant claim process.
“The LEP support enabled us to identify and complete a project that would not have been done otherwise; resulting in cost savings and better equipment on site.”
The Mayor of West Yorkshire, Tracy Brabin, said:
“It is brilliant to hear how businesses in West Yorkshire are reducing carbon, saving money and increasing their competitiveness.”
“I am leading the battle to tackle the climate emergency and protect our environment and deliver a West Yorkshire that is net zero carbon by 2038.
“Businesses are crucial to achieving these ambitions and I’m delighted we are providing expert advice and funding that allows SMEs to become greener and reduce energy and waste.”
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For help to make your business more energy efficient, please contact the business support service.
The REBiz project is part-funded by the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.