An Astley-based energy cost reduction company has secured a £20,000 contract, and expanded its workforce, following specialist support from Business Growth Hub.
Perfect Sense Energy helps businesses to reduce their electricity costs and dependence on the National Grid through LED lighting, far infrared heating, voltage optimisation and onsite renewable energy sources, including rooftop solar PV panels.
Last year the company wanted to promote its expertise, products and services, and also explore new ways to recruit and develop skilled staff, to help it scale-up.
As part of this process they contacted Business Growth Hub, part of Manchester Growth Company, and were subsequently invited to join the Hub’s Low Carbon Network.
This gives companies working within the sustainability and environmental sector access to tender opportunities which are specifically linked to the low carbon economy.
As a result of joining the network, Perfect Sense successfully won a £20,000 contract to install a bespoke LED lighting system for a local plastics manufacturer.
Gary Brandwood, managing director at Perfect Sense, said: “The decision to take on an apprentice was preferred over the graduate or traditional recruitment route as we wanted to nurture young talent and up-skill them to meet the individual requirements of Perfect Sense Energy and its growth plan.
"We are also working with Hub partners, The Skills Company and ethical recruitment agency Aspire, to meet further recruitment needs. As we grow, so do our staffing needs, and the Hub has shown us a cost-effective and socially responsible way of recruiting talented people.”
Daniel O’Connell, low carbon sector advisor at Business Growth Hub, said: “Perfect Sense is an exceptional company with products and ideas that can help businesses to buy better, use less and generate their own energy. They were quick to realise that they needed support managing their growth and have now put in place plans to make sure they can access a pipeline of talented people. What’s really encouraging is that their success also makes a positive impact within the local community.”
“The fact Perfect Sense has managed to secure a large contract via our Low Carbon Network is also a great example of how the Hub can help ambitious companies win new business and drive growth.”