Westbury Village Hall has won over £900 worth of equipment funding from the Carbon Trust.
With existing gas fired kitchen equipment having been condemned, the committee decided to invest in the latest energy efficient cooking technology by British manufacturers Target Catering Equipment.
“The gas kitchen was struggling to cope with the growing demands of the hall. Having been condemned due to the latest gas safe regulations we weighed up our options and, as advised by Target Catering Equipment, decided to apply for the Green Business Funding Scheme to see if we could get a capital contribution towards the induction cooking equipment we dreamed of,” says Westbury committee member and project manager Jan D’Ambrogio.
The Carbon Trust Green Business Funding Scheme offers businesses and community groups up to £10k towards energy efficient equipment. Capital contributions are based on the current energy usage and potential energy savings that could be made through switching to energy efficient equipment.
“With the help of Nicola Pedrette, Target’s Carbon Trust Funding Advisor, we were able to demonstrate the significant savings that would be made by switching from gas to induction and we were awarded over £900 capital contribution to our project,” added D’Ambrogio.
Now, with the new equipment in place, the village hall is attracting more and more events and organisations. It has already successfully hosted Westbury United Football Club’s annual dinner and presentation evening and is said to be one of the best indoor short mat bowls venues in the Country.
“We are delighted that Westbury Village Hall has been awarded the funding from the Carbon Trust and that we have been able to help in this process, although only a seemingly small contribution in comparison to other businesses running commercial kitchens 24/7, it has undoubtedly helped a community hall, local to us, achieve a facility for the future,” says Target’s Carbon Trust Funding advisor, Nicola Pedrette.