REV ACTIVE was a three-year package of free, confidential and
impartial support for small and medium-sized enterprises
(SMEs), focused along the A11 corridor in Norfolk. This is the Project Archive.

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Project achievements

REV ACTIVE explicitly linked business efficiency and cost-saving to things like reduced energy consumption, waste minimisation and water conservation. Its advice and grants have delivered real economic benefits – truly transformative changes to some of its beneficiaries – and it did this in ways that have actually contributed to our aspirations for the ‘green economy’. For full details, please click here to download the Independent Evaluation Report (27 megabytes).
Jobs created
Jobs safeguarded
Investment by SMEs
Environmental initiatives by SMEs
Jobs created
Innovation initiatives by SMEs
New products or services by SMEs
Carbon saved

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REV ACTIVE explicitly linked business efficiency and cost-saving to things like reduced energy consumption, waste minimisation and water conservation. Its advice and grants have delivered real economic benefits – truly transformative changes to some of its beneficiaries – and it did this in ways that have actually contributed to our aspirations for the ‘green economy’.
Barkers Print
Barkers Print
230 kilobytes
Family-owned Breckland printer saves with an efficient new lighting system.
Barkers Print
Colchester Print
850 kilobytes
Attleborough printer working at the cutting edge of the industry and making big savings.
D-Way Travel
D-Way Travel
213 kilobytes
Bungay-based SME drives down vehicle costs and emissions to save thousands.
East Bilney Coachworks
East Bilney Coachworks
295 kilobytes
Family-run vehicle repair business saves £60,000 a year.
Fairhaven Gardens
Fairhaven Gardens
225 kilobytes
Broadland tourist destination benefits from intelligent heating and controls.
Foulger Transport
Foulger Transport
735 kilobytes
Snetterton haulage company with a hundred lorries identifies £280,000 annual savings.
Fur and Feather Inn
Fur & Feather Inn
254 kilobytes
Traditional Norfolk pub makes big savings with waste digester and heat exchanger.
Godfrey DIY
Godfrey DIY
325 kilobytes
Independent, family-owned business now saving £4K annually on energy.
Green Frog Taxis
Green Frog Taxis
223 kilobytes
Norwich taxi company reaps the benefits of a green fleet and capitalises on its reputation.
Miniflex
Miniflex
259 kilobytes
Framlingham-based engineer saves £8,000 and 40 tonnes of carbon year on year.
Moorlands Press
Moorlands Press
218 kilobytes
Banham microbusiness turns waste materials into new product lines and saves £11,000/year.
Naked Marketing
Naked Marketing
267 kilobytes
Hingham marketing company saves £2,500 on its annual heating bill.
Nortons Dairy
Nortons Dairy
1.1 megabytes
Frettenham-based cheese maker scales up production and makes water savings.
Peerless Plastics
Peerless Plastics
929 kilobytes
Thetford manufacturer invests to save £10K/year on its energy bills.
Ripblast
Ripblast
239 kilobytes
Snetterton specialist engineer invests just £200 to save £4,200 per year on fuel costs.
Saffron Housing
Saffron Housing
829 kilobytes
Long Stratton housing association saves £3,000 each year with its new solar panels.
Savage Haulage
Savage Haulage
237 kilobytes
March transport company saves £17,000 each year with a power factor correction unit.
SESMA
SESMA
147 kilobytes
Norwich-based school of martial arts makes basic changes to save money and carbon.
Turnpike Business Centre
Turnpike Business Centre
1.9 megabytes
Wymondham site saves £1,700 each year with wind turbines and better lighting.
Warren Services
Warren Services
198 kilobytes
Thetford manufacturer saves £3,500 each year using new electrical equipment.
The Whalebone
The Whalebone
287 kilobytes
Norwich freehouse makes small changes to save £2,500 year on year.

Watch video case studies

Three video case studies were produced by REV ACTIVE and these are archived, below.
Click above to watch Bryan Turner Kitchens video case study
Click above to watch Breckland Print video case study
Click above to watch Warren Services video case study

REV ACTIVE Awards photo gallery

The REV ACTIVE Celebration Event was held in September 2013. A series of awards recognised those businesses that achieved the most with assistance from the Project. Please click on the images, below, to view larger versions.
REV ACTIVE awards invitation
REV ACTIVE awards breakfast
REV ACTIVE awards delegates, Mark Stanton (Breckland Council), Mark Stokes (Breckland Council), Kevin Horne (NWES)
Cllr Paul Claussen, Chairman of Breckland Council, standing in for REV ACTIVE Chairman, Cllr Mark Kiddle-Morris
Mark Stanton, REV ACTIVE Deputy Chairman and Economic Development Manager (Breckland and South Holland Councils)
Simon Best, REV ACTIVE Project Manager and Low Carbon Busines Growth Programme Manager (Breckland Council)
REV ACTIVE participant, David Bates of Moorlands Press
REV ACTIVE participant, Richard Kerry of CAMVAC
REV ACTIVE participant, Ben Handford of Naked Marketing
Cllr Lynda Turner, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Community & Environmental Services (Breckland Council)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Cost Saver Award, Alex Bloss of Chapmans UK Ltd in Eye, presented by Cllr Elizabeth Gould, Executive Member for Planning, Building Control & Housing (Breckland Council)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Carbon Saver Award, Thomas Carmichael of Waterfront Manufacturing in East Harling, presented by Mark Pendlington, Director (Anglian Water) and Chairman of the Green Economy Pathfinder
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Growth Award, Jason Brown of Mackenzie Hotels in West Runton, presented by Alastair Rhind, European Programmes Manager (New Anglia LEP)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Green Hero Award, David Bates of Moorlands Press in Tibenham, presented by Cllr Lynda Turner, Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Community & Environmental Services (Breckland Council)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Green Product or Process Award, Simon Callender of ABC Taxis in Norwich, presented Astrid Jenkins, ERDF Contract Manager and Team Leader (DCLG)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Green Innovator Award, Shane Mellor of Mellor Metals in Great Ellingham, presented by Simon Best, REV ACTIVE Project Manager and Low Carbon Busines Growth Programme Manager (Breckland Council)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Self Financed Carbon Saver Award, Andy Tibble of AALCO in Norwich, presented by REV ACTIVE Carbon Partner, Duncan Reed (Deltamech Services Ltd)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Breckland District Champion Award, Richard Stone of KMS Adhesives in Watton, presented by Cllr Paul Claussen, Chairman (Breckland Council)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE Broadland District Champion Award, Louise Rout of Fairhaven Woodlands & Water Garden in South Walsham, presented by Kevin Philcox, Private Sector Housing Manager (Broadland District Coucnil)
Winner of the REV ACTIVE North Norfolk District Champion Award, Jason Brown of Mackenzie Hotels in West Runton, presented by Cllr Tom FitzPatrick, Leader (North Norfolk District Council)

REV ACTIVE Operational Team

REV ACTIVE Operational Team
First row: Mark Stanton (Deputy Chair), Breckland Council; Simon Best (Programme Manager), Breckland Council; Paul Bourgeois (Assistant Programme Manager), Breckland Council; Jo Mysko (Technical Administrator), Breckland Council; Susan Smith (Financial Claims Manager), Breckland Council; Lindy Warmer (Grants Facilitator), Breckland Council.
 
Second row: Ian Roe (Resource Efficiency Facilitators Manager), Norfolk County Council; Alder Tye (Senior Resource Efficiency Facilitator), Norfolk County Council, Laura Dopping-Hepenstal (Resource Efficiency Facilitator), Norfolk County Council; Chris Handley (Resource Efficiency Facilitator), Norfolk County Council; Dan Cox (Network Co-ordinator), Breckland Council; Ben Handford (Marketing Partner), Naked Marketing.
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Background

REV ACTIVE Chairman, Cllr Mark Kiddle-Morris
REV ACTIVE actively identified those SMEs with the greatest potential to improve their resource efficiency and reduce carbon emissions, and worked with them to realise this potential and the associated business benefits: reduced costs; comparative advantage; business growth and resilience.
 
REV ACTIVE provided systematic Reviews of business premises and operations by experts and ‘hands on’ assistance – fully-costed business cases for change – identifying, quantifying and prioritising the various opportunities and their paybacks. Coupled with follow-on support and business grants, this eliminated many of the traditional barriers to business resource efficiency.
 
The focus throughout was on low cost/no cost opportunities, bottom line benefits and short payback periods.
 
For full details, please click here to download the Independent Evaluation Report (27 megabytes).

Contact details

For more information about REV ACTIVE and its successor programme, Grants4Growth, please email the Low Carbon Business Growth Programme Manager, Simon Best, at simon.best@breckland.gov.uk or phone him on 01362 656808.

Stakeholders

Delivered by
Breckland Council
Norfolk County Council
Funded by
European Regional Development Fund