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Eco Energy GB Ltd

Creating a warm, comfortable, attractive and energy-efficient home is now easier thanks to North Ayrshire start-up, Eco Energy GB Ltd.

Founded in July 2012, the energy management business offers services and products to help customers create energy-efficient homes for the 21st century. North Ayrshire offers a competitive cost base that is enabling the new start business to invest more in business growth.

The team has already announced plans to double its workforce in order to provide the highest quality of customer service to their customers.

As well as its two directors, Eco Energy GB has two full-time employees. The business has been able to grow thanks to support from North Ayrshire Council’s Youth Employment programme. The scheme aims to increase the area’s youth employment levels to above the national average by 2020 and has proved an excellent source of talented employees. The youth employment programme provides a 75% wage subsidy as well as 50% grants towards training costs for these staff. With extensive support from Business Gateway and North Ayrshire Council, Eco Energy GB has achieved sales of more than £100,000 in its first year.

The firm has made good use of a range of free Business Gateway events from financial management assistance to social media training.

In addition, North Ayrshire Council’s Growth Programme has assisted Eco Energy UK through grant-funding which has ranged across training, website development and marketing material costs. Directors Janine and Lindsay say that, although they put in a lot of hard work, the experience of establishing their own business has been a challenging yet enjoyable one, and they are looking forward to developing their business further in the next few years.

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“We are grateful for the business start-up support we have received from North Ayrshire Council and would advise others in a similar position to ourselves to make contact with them as soon as possible."