Good Earth Growers
Established in 2004, Good Earth Growers is a highly successful group of independent growers based in Cornwall, born out of a collaboration between Sean O’Neil and Natoora. Natoora work with top local suppliers around the UK to supply their customers with the very best in local produce. Sean has been growing organic salads and vegetables for over fifteen years, working at Keveral Farm in St. Martins by Looe, Cornwall. The enterprise recently expanded to occupy 110 acres on the Pentillie Estate in St Mellion, Cornwall.
Through Good Earth Growers’ established and reliable distribution network, Cornish independent growers supply the freshest and best quality artisan fruit, edible flowers, baby vegetables, kale, micro-herbs and salads to some of the top restaurants in the country. The company makes regular deliveries to many of the UK’s most discerning restaurants, including a number of prestigious names in London, along with fine dining chefs throughout Cornwall.
As the business expands, there is also a new brewery ramping up to full production, producing artisan organic beers and there will soon be a top quality restaurant and farm shop on site.
Manager of Good Earth Growers, Andy Johnson (pictured), asked IU Energy to switch the business to a green tariff shortly after they took over the tenancy of the Pentillie land. This was to reflect their attitude to the environment, whilst also keeping costs down.
The business uses a significant amount of electricity all year-round, with demand from their large chill-room, pumped irrigation and the electric buggies they use to get around the site. In winter, lighting increases this substantially.
The second challenge was to address the billing, which was imbalanced because another business on the site was identified by the existing energy provider as the primary bill holder, but was in fact the smallest user. This meant them having to re-bill Good Earth Growers for their substantial usage, thereby causing increased administrative burdens on both parties and causing a financial challenge.
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