UKNAR Awarded EU Funding Grant to Expand Asbestos SMART Trials
UKNAR CIC is delighted to have been awarded a European Regional Development Fund grant via Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s (OXLEP) eScalate programme. The grant which champions the potential of growing and scale up businesses and enterprises for social good, will now help UKNAR to assess the viability of Asbestos SMART technology in its planned next phase within Higher Education facilities and NHS Trust properties.
Andrew Paten, Co-Founder UKNAR comments: “As a newly formed community interest company with a commitment to pursuing a social purpose, we are truly delighted to receive the funding from eScalate. This directly helps us now to extend UKNAR’s trial base across the public sector in education, social housing and into NHS Trusts.”
The funding comes on the back of a very encouraging first response to Asbestos SMART from dutyholders in schools and multi-academy trusts. Over 50 schools have now signed up to trial Asbestos SMART from September - it gives us enormous pleasure to know it will be proactively helping to protect many young lives, as well as staff, maintenance teams and onsite contractors.
In addition, Knight Frank is our first official signing for Asbestos SMART in the commercial property management sector. We hope it will be the start of many others in this space following Knight Frank’s example here too.
We are very encouraged by the in-roads we have been able to make in education and commercial property over the last few months – albeit this is just the tip of the iceberg, but we are heading on a very positive trajectory. “