November 1, 2018
Leveraging energy efficiency technologies in new buildings naturally impacts occupiers who can reduce consumption and make savings to their bills.
But historic buildings also provide fantastic spaces for businesses. Businesses can save energy through simple measures such as turning off lights, PCs, and other equipment, all of which have a significant impact on annual bills. This helps SMEs invest more on the things that matter – such as personnel and products.
Then there are the energy prices themselves – we live in a global energy space where oil prices and security of supply can be volatile. But businesses today can support their growth and development by getting the best energy deal, saving vital costs.
One man who understands the importance of this is Sean Donkin, managing director of The Inn Collection.
The Inn Collection includes food, beverages and accommodation across an ever-expanding portfolio of inns, from Teesside to Northumberland. Sean explains: “Our collection includes a variety of buildings, ranging from new- build to very historic buildings. Over the last five years, we have brought on board two brand-new buildings, yet we have some beautiful, popular inns dating back to the 1800s. Each require different energy consumption, but what is consistent is the importance of getting the best energy rates. This helps conserve cost and invest in the best possible experience for our customers. This is what distinguishes us from our competition.
“troo were able to bring all our property contracts for the individual suppliers under one umbrella, making it easier for us to see costs, compare costs, plan renewal and reduce admin. Ultimately, we knew what we were paying for and what we were getting – and the energy deal was very good.”
Andrew Richardson, troo CEO, says: “Companies focus on their products and materials, but energy can be overlooked. Yet it is a fixed monthly cost.
“Without energy, the business cannot run. We use our knowledge and expertise to get the best price we can for you. We’ll guide, support and educate you through the process. And we’ll disclose upfront the fee we make for our work. The savings could have a big impact for you.”
David Thompson of THAA Architects agrees: “Small businesses, like my practice, have many challenges to grow – competition, product costs and clearly utility costs, too.
“Ensuring we are investing in the latest technologies and great talent is paramount. Energy efficiency is critical, but so is the energy we buy for our buildings.”
Earlier this year, new energy-efficiency rules came into place, which made it unlawful for any sub-standard property not meeting a minimum Energy Performance Certificate of E to be let to a tenant.
Victoria Hampson, RICS regional director, North & Midlands, says: “Landlords have a real opportunity to improve the efficiency of the existing built stock in the North East and leverage the benefits – likely to include improved operational performance and reduced output costs. On top of this, we would encourage our members and any small businesses to find ways to access the best energy deals possible.”
Andrew concludes: “We are a small business in the North East. And we want to help others. So, get in touch.”