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Colchester Council Supports en-form Project – Helping Residents Reduce Energy Bills

Date Published: 27 September 2016

As part of its Environmental Sustainability Strategy Colchester Borough Council (CBC) has helped local charity en-form secure a £5000 grant for the third year from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy through the ‘Big Energy Saving Network’.

The grant will allow en-form to offer assistance to help residents reduce their energy bills, particularly those who do not feel confident about changing their energy tariff. It will run alongside the Council’s successful Big Community Switch Scheme.

The Government funded project will allow en-form to review consumers energy bills and then to offer free, impartial and unbiased advice on alternative tariffs. If a resident decides to switch en-form will even arrange this.

Although the service is open to anyone it is aimed at those who have never switched energy providers and don’t feel confident enough to do so through Colchester Borough Council’s online Big Community Switch scheme.

Cllr Dominic Graham, Portfolio Holder for Waste and Sustainability, Roles and Responsibilities, said “Our support of charities such as en-form is a really important part of the work we’re doing under our Environmental Sustainability Strategy. We want our residents, businesses and communities in Colchester to be as environmentally efficient and aware as possible to make our Borough sustainable, thriving and welcoming”.

Andrew Wilkinson, Project Manager at En-form said The most we have saved a customer so far is £1,449. According to Government figures almost 60% of consumers have never switched and are paying too much. With energy prices beginning to creep up this is a great time to see if you are paying too much ‘ 

There are many reasons why people do not switch including being unsure of the process, unable to receive impartial advice, no access to the internet, finding the process complicated or not understanding their energy bill. This service will arrange everything for residents and then let them decide if they want to switch.

Residents who would like to benefit from this service or know someone who could, can call en-form on 01206 367776 or e-mail


Notes to editors: 

To find out more about en-form visit  or contact 01206 367776

To find out more about CBC’s Environmental Sustainability Strategy visit

For more information call 07815 088150 or email

Find Funding

If you are looking for grants, loans, investment or support for a project in Essex, the following websites offer funding advice together with online funding search facilities free of charge. A fabulous resource for local businesses and residents, and not just for eco-projects either.

Colchester Borough Council Funding Portal
A fundraising portal operated by Colchester Borough Council which includes a free funders search facility.

Essex Hive

A crowdfunding site with support from Essex County Coouncil.

The Essex Hive is an online space where communities, businesses, charities, voluntary groups, and public agencies can come together to transform their local area. Whether you want to build a new playground, host a music festival, or refurbish a rural bus shelter – this is the space for you.

Funding Central

A comprehensive portal operated by NCVO which includes a fundraising search facility. It is free to use for organisations who have an annual income of under £100,000 per year.

Funding Essex

A fundraising portal operated by Essex County Council which includes a free funders search facility and e-mail updates


Groups in Essex can search the Grantnet database free of charge as Essex County Council and Colchester Borough Council are members. To use the facility go to After following a very simple registration process you will be allowed to search for funding available by Organisation type and sector in your postcode area.

Green Grants Machine

Organisations looking to go Green and save on energy bills can search over £1.2 billion in funds available as grants, loans or awards through the Green Grants Machine

Search for funding to purchase hybrid vehicles, install solar panels, implement a recycling scheme in the workplace and much more!

Register free at Green Grants Machine


A wide range of projects are also funded by the National Lottery and it is worth checking out current funding opportunities on this site.