best UK energy consultancy

Firm started in Plymouth basement flat is now the best in the UK

BEST UK ENERGY CONSULTANCY – IU ENERGY.

Very nice article about us in the Plymouth Herald, with thanks to William Telford, the Herald’s Business Editor.

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It was started by two brothers in a Plymouth basement flat and now IU Energy has been named the UK’s top energy consultancy. Independent Utilities, as it was then known, was founded by Joedy and Chaz Lawrence in their sister’s basement flat in 2002.

To be named Consultancy of the Year 2018 it finished ahead of 11 other finalists from across the country.

Judges from blue chip companies and the Energy Institute cited the company’s “firm grasp of return on investment, business growth and client focus”.

Sumit Bose, chair of judges and managing director at Energy Live News, said IU Energy “provides industry leading technologies to reduce energy waste, generate and store power as well as smart energy procurement.”

He said: “Their solutions have helped hotels, care homes, farms, manufacturing and engineering businesses, schools, fun parks and high-density housing projects to significantly reduce the cost of energy.”

To be named Consultancy of the Year 2018 it finished ahead of 11 other finalists from across the country.

Judges from blue chip companies and the Energy Institute cited the company’s “firm grasp of return on investment, business growth and client focus”.

Sumit Bose, chair of judges and managing director at Energy Live News, said IU Energy “provides industry leading technologies to reduce energy waste, generate and store power as well as smart energy procurement.”

He said: “Their solutions have helped hotels, care homes, farms, manufacturing and engineering businesses, schools, fun parks and high-density housing projects to significantly reduce the cost of energy.”

To be named Best UK Energy Consultancy of the Year 2018 it finished ahead of 11 other finalists from across the country. Judges from blue chip companies and the Energy Institute cited the company’s “firm grasp of return on investment, business growth and client focus”. Sumit Bose, chair of judges and managing director at Energy Live News, said IU Energy “provides industry leading technologies to reduce energy waste, generate and store power as well as smart energy procurement.” He said: “Their solutions have helped hotels, care homes, farms, manufacturing and engineering businesses, schools, fun parks and high-density housing projects to significantly reduce the cost of energy.”
IU Energy was also shortlisted for the Best Energy Solution award sponsored by SSE.

Duncan Banks, chief executive, said: “We’re proud to be named the UK’s top energy consultancy. “Our aim has always been to lower the cost of energy to clients by reducing the amount purchased through intelligent installations, on-site generation and smart procurement. This combination is fundamental to our success and more importantly, the success of our clients.”

The TELCA Awards 2018 were held at the Honourable Artillery Company in Moorgate, London, with more than 450 guests in attendance, with ‘Best UK Energy Consultancy’ being the top award.

Sponsored by British Gas Business, The Best UK Energy Consultancy of the Year category is the accolade for any broker or consultant excelling at looking after its customers. Open to all consultants large or small, consultancies are expected to show why they are the best of the best. The company picked up the top prize, sponsored by British Gas, after winning the South West regional title for the second year running.

IU Energy is a home-grown Plymouth company which was founded sixteen-years ago and provides energy brokerage nationally and energy saving technology solutions, service and maintenance throughout the SW. The firm really took off once the 2008 recession kicked in and clients wanted to save cash on their energy bills. By then it had moved to offices in Millbay, but soon outgrew them too and is now situated in Estover. In 2013 it expanded again after landing £150,000 in funding from the Plymouth University and Western Morning News Growth Fund (PWGF).

Later that year Mr Banks arrived as chief executive and Joedy Lawrence later left to pursue other business interests. Chaz Lawrence remains at the firm as managing director. But it soon grew and has now been named the nation’s Best UK Energy Consultancy by a panel of independent experts at the energy sector “Oscars”, The TELCA Awards 2018.

In 2017 IU merged with Plympton’s Amer (UK) Ltd, growing its combined workforce to 25 people, after the two firms had already worked successfully together, including on a major project at the Thurlestone Hotel, where initiatives such as energy-efficient heating systems helped save the business thousands of pounds. That same year Plymouth Argyle FC appointed IU as its official utilities partner following a competitive tender process.

The company’s mission remains to sell clients less energy and it has financially benefited many from its integrated approach, providing price protection on energy contracts and savings and incomes from energy saving technology.

The company is experiencing a significant uplift because of its award recognition and the Government ending the popular Solar PV Feed-in Tariff (FiT), which has provided clients with incomes ranging from thousands of pounds to more than £1million over a 20-year period. IU is already seeing demand in the business sector surge to beat the March 31, 2019 deadline, outstripping the supply of Solar PV panels.

It believes many businesses are about to lose out on 20-years income and savings because of this.

During its growth phase, IU has been a consistent award-winner and are also winner of the 2018 SW Energy Efficiency Award for Consultancy of the Year.

IU is also very busy with an upturn in biomass boiler installations – starting on October 1, 2018, the Government has given the go-ahead for a scheme where businesses are able to continue to claim their existing non-domestic RHI (Renewable Heat Incentive) tariff for biomass boiler “like-for-like” swap outs. Clients are installing replacement biomass plant to switch out an old boiler which is causing them problems.

As an independent energy broker, the company also has many clients whom it helps soften the impact of energy price rises, in many cases by combining this with energy saving technologies.

IU Energy thus saves them money on electricity and gas contracts but has the full capability for helping businesses reduce their demand and benefit from Government tax and income schemes – one of the reasons it won Best UK Energy Consultancy.

The technologies it specialises in are Biomass, Solar PV, Air and Ground Source Heat Pumps, Battery Storage, LED Lighting, Electric Vehicle Charging Points and Combined Heat and Power (CHP), and it has expertise in optimising traditional gas plant.

Original article here.

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