Solar Energy Systems Collaborative Workshop

December 17th, 2014

Date: Thursday 5th February, 10am – 5pm
Venue: University of Warwick, Scarman House Conference Centre

A collaborative workshop in partnership between the University of Warwick, Freeths and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) that aims to highlight current and future possibilities for engaging solar energy research and industry through innovation partnerships and projects. The event will introduce some of the most interesting examples of both large-scale and smaller scale projects and brief on the latest opportunities to get your ideas noticed and funded. 

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EH Smith & Encraft Passivhaus Event on 27th November, at 8.30am in Sutton Coldfield

November 6th, 2014

EH Smith and Encraft are organising an event on Passivhaus on 27th November 2014 at the EH Smith Sustainability Centre.

Passivhaus, the fastest growing energy performance standard in the world, combines principles of excellent thermal performance, exceptional airtightness with controlled ventilation.  In the UK itself, the adoption of Passivhaus is rapidly growing – with over 250 buildings completed and certified at the end of 2013, and a significant number in the process of being completed. To look at this emerging area, EH Smith and Encraft are organising a short seminar for construction and built environment development professionals.  Read more..


Tendering opportunity for RETA insulation and heating contractors

October 14th, 2014

An event is being held for prospective bidders next week for the above project. It wil be held at 2.00pm on 20th October in Diamond Room 2 at the Council House, Earl Street, Coventry CV1 5RR.  During the event, council officers will explain the procurement process and answer any questions that may arise.  The event is expected to last about one hour.

Encraft launch exclusive service for regional manufacturers

October 13th, 2014

Are you a West Midlands-based manufacturer? Are you looking to lower your energy expenditure or reduce your carbon footprint? Need to know more about funding options available for energy efficiency projects?

Encraft have launched a new service exclusively for West Midlands-based manufacturers. 

Designed to reduce ever rising energy costs permanently and feed through immediately to your bottom line, our uniquely comprehensive and in-depth service includes identification of targeted opportunities for energy efficiency investment and of revenue generation through onsite generation and demand management, as well as standard good energy management practices.   Read more..

Young Persons Employment Placement Scheme – Opportunity for Employers

October 3rd, 2014

YPEPS placements are funded for an agreed period, usually 6 months. Placements will usually be funded at a maximum 50 percent by Coventry City Council, for 30 hours per week at the National Minimum Wage. Each placement should also include elements of training and job search activities, to benefit the placed individual. The remaining salary costs must be funded by the employer. This contribution can be paid from your own funds, or by utilising other incentive schemes, as available from public and private sources, to encourage employers to employ young people. Our staff are very happy to give you free advice on potential sources of such funding.

What Coventry City Council offer to an Employer:

1.         We will work in partnership with employers to provide the paid opportunity, usually as either as a six month placement, or a year long apprenticeship.

 2.         We will provide a short list of potential candidates for you to interview for a position, once the first sifting of candidates has been carried out by us.

 3.         We have an open door policy, where advice, guidance and support is given on any queries that may arise during the course of the placement/ apprenticeship

 4.         Coventry City Council will pay the employers national insurance where evidence of payment is provided. (This applies to six month placements only)

Completion of an application does not guarantee we can pay toward a placement. Funds for YPEPS are limited. New placements will be subject to funds being available at the time of recruitment. Let us know if you need any assistance or have any questions.

Eligible Candidates

  • Must be a young person resident in the city of Coventry, please note that young people who are residents of Warwickshire and elsewhere cannot apply for this scheme.
  • Must be aged between 16 and 24 years old and not in education, employment or training
  • May include young people who are a Care Leaver and are being supported by Coventry City Council and its partner agencies.
  • May include young people who have a disability and are being supported by Coventry City Council and its partner agencies.
  • May include young people who are recovering from mental ill health and are being supported by Coventry City Council and its partner agencies.
  • May include young people who have a recent criminal conviction and are being supported by Coventry City Council and its partner agencies.
  • May include young people who have another specific barrier preventing them from finding a job.
  • We may have ‘enhanced’ options available, to allow specific ‘non-competitive’ matches between an employer and a young person, where the young person has identifiable barriers that are making it hard for them to find a job. Please contact our team if you wish to discuss this option with us. These options are strictly considered, on a case by case basis, by Coventry City Council.

 Important Note:

  • Funding is not guaranteed in advance and is only allocated when there is a successful match between the employer and a prospective candidate. If a successful match cannot be found the funding for a Placement will be allocated to other employers.
  • There is no guarantee that further Placements will be made to the same employer in future years, once a Placement has been completed. 

 Visit  to find out more information about the Job Shop and its support services to local businesses.

Completed application forms, along with a Job Description for the proposed post, should be forwarded to The Placement Team:


Neeraj Jagatia

Project Assistant

Placement Team

Civic Centre 4, Floor 12

Much Park Street



Tel: 02476 831721


YPEPS Leaflet

Environment and Energy Awards 2015

October 3rd, 2014

Taking place on the second night of the National Energy Management Exhibition (NEMEX) and the National Energy Recovery Exhibition, both part of Sustainability Live, these prestigious awards celebrate those in the industry who are making a difference.

All entries are put before a panel of expert judges who have the extremely difficult job of deciding the finalists and winners. Winners are announced at a glittering gala dinner and night of celebration on April 22nd at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham.

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Digital Marketing – Funded Support

September 19th, 2014

Eligible SMEs can benefit from 3½ days of consultancy providing a comprehensive review of online presence. 

Please see attached information on funding for SMES – marketing grant of £450 to help support social media for business.

Digital Marketing Consultancy

Unicorn Power Ltd. – New RETA member

September 11th, 2014

Please welcome Unicorn Power Ltd. to RETA as they have recently joined the forum.

Energy Management for Manufacturing Companies – 10th September, Coventry University at 08.30am

September 4th, 2014

Encraft are organising a breakfast meeting on 10th September at Coventry University targeted at manufacturing companies in the West Midlands to present new opportunities available in purchasing, managing and reducing energy for your site/s.

Energy costs have a significant impact on business profitability, particularly in the case of manufacturing SMEs. A range of new smart technologies to optimise existing manufacturing processes and funding incentives to drive potential savings are now available, and Encraft can help manufacturing companies unlock these.  Read more…

Encraft’s Coventry Eco House project wins prestigious Passivhaus Trust Award

July 11th, 2014
Encraft’s Coventry Eco House project won the ‘Cost and Build-ability’ category award at the UK Passivhaus Trust Awards last week. This category featured entries that clearly displayed clever cost savings and robust construction to showcase that Passivhaus can be achievable at a reasonable cost.

The Coventry Eco House project is a collaborative, learning legacy project consisting of two 3-bedroom detached homes built for Orbit Homes that meets the needs of the local community and comprehensively assesses the effects of building to UK Code for Sustainable Homes (CfSH) Level 6 & to Passivhaus standard within a restricted budget. Read more..