Engineering firm upgrades its lighting and heating to go green

Adam Land, General Manager, Technoset and Dr. James Bridges, Sustainability Consultant, Green Business Programme, Coventry City Council (left to right)


An engineering business based in Rugby has benefitted from a grant to make their premises more eco-friendly and save them money on bills.

Technoset Ltd specializes in the machining of high precision components and assemblies for Aerospace Defence, Medical Telecommunications, Sensors, Motorsport and Lasers Quality Commercial Components sector.

The company has received a £47k grant provided by the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme which is partly funded by the ERDF and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, towards making energy efficiency savings.

The manufacturing company of ultra-high precision turned and milled components has been based in the building since the 1980’s and areas of it were in need of updating.  Kevan Kane, Managing Director of Technoset decided to invest £117k in energy efficient measures and was successful in obtaining the Green Business Grant towards this.

The measures have included installing LED energy efficient lighting throughout the factory and offices, extension of the heat ducting from Factory 2 into Factory 1, installing a shut off switch on the roller shutter door and installing a new solvent based component cleaning machine.  With the improvements, Technoset anticipates to see their energy bills drop by 33% and the organisation is helping to reduce 62 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year.

Kevan said: “We are very grateful for the assistance and financial support that we have received from the Green Business Programme at Coventry City Council. This level of support is invaluable for an SME like Technoset Ltd. The process was very straightforward and well supported by members of the Green Business Programme Team.”

Dr. James Bridges, Sustainability Consultant at Coventry City Council, said: “Taking a sustainable approach to energy consumption is a change many companies will have to make sooner or later due to increasing energy costs and legislation – and often they need a bit of support to help them. That’s where the Green Business Team comes in – they provide free energy audits and grants enabling businesses to make investments that are good for them and good for the environment.”

Kevan added: “We all need to do our bit to reduce our carbon footprint and this support helps Technoset to make our contribution. It is refreshing to see Coventry at the forefront of the Green Programme initiative”.

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Notes to Editors

Coventry and Warwickshire Green Business Programme is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is being delivered by Coventry City Council, Coventry University and Coventry University Enterprises Ltd. The programme is open to businesses with fewer than 250 employees based in Coventry and Warwickshire.  Further information can be found at

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