200 new jobs in North East as energy company booms
A Newcastle-based utilities consultancy is to hire 200 staff to meet the huge demand from businesses to reduce their energy usage and costs.
The extra staff will be recruited over the next few months and be primarily based at the company’s new North Tyneside premises.
Geoff Thompson, CEO of Utilitywise, said: “These new hires reflect the growing demand for our services with small, medium and large businesses keen to get a better deal on their utilities.
“Our research shows that many businesses do not understand their utility bills and contracts and they find it difficult to compare tariffs, which affects their costs and profitability.
“Our Utility Management Plan helps businesses to find the tariff and contract that best suits their needs as well as providing the services to help them sustainably reduce their consumption and carbon footprint by cutting waste.
“We aim to save our customers as much as 25% or more off their utility bills as well as saving them time by reducing the hassle of dealing with utilities contracts so they can focus on what they do best.”
The majority of the new hires will be energy consultants advising businesses on the Utiltywise Utility Management Plan.
The Utility Management Plan allows business-owners to turn off the lights remotely, reduce energy use at peak times and deliver valuable data on the true level of utilities use in clients’ buildings.
It also includes a dedicated account manager, help on finding the best tariff, a variety of audits and health checks of existing usage and the installation of monitoring software to track your consumption.
The new jobs come as Utilitywise announced Brin Sheridan’s appointment to the Board as Chief Operating Officer from 16 November 2015.
Mr Sheridan is an expert in energy management in commercial buildings, having joined The Energy Solutions Group as Managing Director in 2006, where he led the growth and development of the business. Previously he was with Satchwell Control Systems and Schneider Electric.
Mr Sheridan will oversee the implementation and development of the group’s energy-saving propositions, reporting directly to the CEO, Mr Thompson.
Mr Thompson said: “I am excited to be announcing the appointment of Brin. He brings a wealth of experience from his previous roles and will be integral in ensuring that, as our range of products and services expands, we are well-placed to continue on our growth trajectory.”
For more information, please contact:
- Chris Watts, CWatts@bellpottinger.com / 020 3772 2521
- Natalie Tennyson, NTennyson@bellpottinger.com / 020 3772 2527
- Harriet Sloane, HSloane@bellpottinger.com / 020 3772 2665
Notes to editors
Utilitywise is a leading independent utility cost management consultancy based in North Tyneside. Established as a start-up business in 2006, and listed in 2012, it now has an annual turnover of almost £70 million.
The Group has established trading relationships with a number of major UK energy suppliers and provides services to its customers designed to assist them in achieving better value out of their energy contracts, reduced energy consumption and lower carbon footprint.
Businesses large and small rely on Utilitywise for their energy management needs. It works with clients ranging from South Tyneside Bowls and Social Club and the University of Bradford to FTSE100 BAE Systems and AstraZeneca.
In total, Utilitywise has over 27,000 customers. Utilitywise is a UK company quoted on the AIM market of the London Stock Exchange.
For more information, please visit: www.utilitywise.com