Gloucestershire-based catering equipment manufacturer Target Catering Equipment has helped a local village hall to refresh its foodservice facilities.
Westbury Village Hall, home to many local sporting clubs and associations, won over £900 of equipment funding from the Carbon Trust for new appliances, as its existing gas fired kitchen equipment was condemned.
The committee decided to invest in the latest energy efficient induction cooking technology from Carbon Trust accredited supplier Target.
Westbury committee member and project manager Jan D’Ambrogio detailed: “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.”
The Carbon Trust Green Business Funding Scheme offers businesses and community groups up to £10,000 towards energy efficient equipment and is available to SMEs for a limited time only. 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,” commented D’Ambrogio.
Now, with the new equipment in place, the village hall is attracting 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.
Target’s Carbon Trust funding advisor, Nicola Pedrette said: “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.”