23 August, 2010.
The renewable energy industry is one of the fastest growing sectors worldwide.
Sustainable power company, ENER-G, headquartered in Salford, Greater Manchester, designs, manufactures, finances and operates renewable and energy efficient power generation and energy management schemes. The company applies advanced technology to assist the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and help organisations cut costs.
The group provides an end-to-end solution for all commercial and industrial energy requirements. Its engineering and service solutions include every aspect of energy management, including procurement; metering; control; lighting and building management systems; combined heat & power (CHP) manufacture and operation; geothermal technology; energy from landfill and digester gas; and new generation energy from waste plants.
ENER-G’s CHP systems, manufactured in Salford, create electricity and heat simultaneously and reduce carbon emissions by around 20% while cutting electricity costs by approximately one third. They are used by the British Royal family at Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle, as well as in hospitals, hotels, leisure centres, supermarkets, factories and other buildings worldwide.
When ENER-G was seeking a base for its international HQ in 1997, a number of key requirements dominated the decision-making process on the location; among them were cost, availability of skilled staff, connectivity and good transport links.
One of the key factors that attracted ENER-G to Salford was its geographical location. It was important that the headquarters were easily accessible and close to an international airport as the firm exports across the globe and has operating companies in the UK, Hungary, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Norway, Italy and Poland, plus joint ventures in South Africa, Mexico and Spain. The company also has partners in Ireland, Portugal, Canada, Slovenia and Australia.
ENER-G’s international HQ is based in Daniel Adamson Road, Salford, close to MediaCityUK. It was formed in 1997 as a private company and remains under the total ownership of the chairman. At this time, the company acquired Combined Power Systems Ltd (the forerunner to the CHP business) and Norgen Natural Power (the forerunner to ENER-G Natural Power).
Since then, the business has grown rapidly through acquisition and joint venture and today there are 25 companies within the ENER-G group.
Tim Scott, chairman of ENER-G, said: “We acquired a couple of small businesses in Salford in 1997. The geographical location was good for both UK and international travel and the staff had an excellent work ethic so we decided to make Salford the centre of our operations and to build the group from there.
“I’ve had only excellent feedback from staff who have moved to and live in the area. We have a very small turnover of people and almost everyone that has moved has remained with the group.”
Peter Law, Operations Director at ENER-G, says: “As an international business with contracts and operations all over the world, international connectivity is a key factor and Greater Manchester provides superb links. The freight infrastructure is excellent and is crucial to us in shipping equipment all over the world.”
Staffing was also a key consideration. Peter Law says: “There is an excellent choice of quality staff within an easy commuting distance of Salford and we have many highly skilled manufacturing people to draw upon. We are also continuing to develop this with our apprenticeships which we think is a key consideration for long term success.
“Nationally, it is challenging recruiting the best engineering graduates and we have set up our own graduate recruitment programme. One locational advantage is the strength of Northwest Universities and the prospects we have of attracting talent from these excellent higher education institutions.
“They are a major asset and we have links with a number of Universities, including Salford and the University of Manchester. This is of growing importance going forward as we develop more innovative products and services.”
ENER-G recently built a £2 million extension on an adjacent site to the existing head office, ENER-G House. The development increased capacity at the site to 24,000 sq ft releasing space at ENER-G House and at a second building in neighbouring Diamond Court, to expand manufacturing operations further. The extra space will be used to produce a new energy efficient management control system, developed by ENER-G’s in-house new products development team.
Peter Law added: “ENER-G is a rapidly expanding business and we are growing our base in Greater Manchester – increasing production further at our Salford manufacturing facilities. Greater Manchester is a multicultural city and we have a number of multilingual staff. It is also a forward looking city that is a great place for an international business and provides us with an excellent platform for growth.”