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Crag Centre slam dunks energy costs

A community sports centre in south-central Edinburgh has boosted its sustainability thanks to funding from Resource Efficient Scotland’s SME loan scheme.

18 Mar 16

The Crags Centre, based in the St Leonard's area, was re-opened in 2012 by a group of basketballers after it was previously closed by the local authority.

The centre is now home to a wide range of local groups taking part in the likes of basketball, roller derby and aerial yoga.

After hearing about the SME loan fund, Simon Turner, Co-founder of the centre, realised this funding could help the business cut costs and improve energy efficiency.

As a result the centre was awarded £11,191.50 to carry out new LED lighting installation.

Simon Turner, Co-founder of The Crags Centre said:

“I’m really glad we heard about the Resource Efficient Scotland SME loan scheme as it has provided a boost to the sustainability of the Crags Centre as a social enterprise.

“It's fair to say that the saving has been substantial, especially when you consider that our maintenance and replacement costs for the lights have reduced from £500 to £1000 per year to zero since we installed the LED lighting.

“The much improved quality, especially the 'whiteness', has enabled us to attract additional bookings which has increased revenue by approximately £2,000 per year as sports groups that require good quality light are now making regular bookings.

“As well as a cost reduction, our environmental impact has reduced and we would highly recommend that other SMEs consider the loan.”

Funded by the Scottish Government, the Resource Efficient Scotland SME Loans scheme aims to support businesses that are looking to reduce costs through improved energy, material resource and water efficiency by providing an unsecured, interest free loan from £1,000 to £100,000.

Marissa Lippiatt, Head of Resource Efficient Scotland said:

“The targeted funding and support provided by Resource Efficient Scotland has helped Scottish businesses save tens of thousands in operating costs. Often SMEs find that a lack of time, money or access to the right skills prevents them from making these changes and accessing their share of the savings.

“I’m therefore delighted for the Crags Centre and what they’ve been able to achieve through some simple resource efficiency measures.”

RES is a programme of Zero Waste Scotland that helps the public, private and third sectors reduce costs by using their energy, water and raw materials more efficiently. Businesses and organisations can benefit from a suite of online tools as well as a dedicated advice phone line designed to provide support in all areas of sustainability.

For more information visit www.resourceefficientscotland.com

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Notes For Editors

Editor’s Notes

  •  Photograph shows: Simon Turner, Co-founder of the centre
  • Zero Waste Scotland is funded by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of its Circular Economy Strategy other low carbon and resource efficiency policy priorities.
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