Energy assessment scheme joy for Fylde firm

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A Thornton company could be in line for a power of business after its managing director was chosen to help in a new Government energy initiative.

Chris Holdsworth, managing director of Utility Forum, has qualified to work with UK wide companies to ensure that they comply with a mandatory Government scheme, which if not complied with, could cost firms, thousands in fines.

The initiative known as The Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS) is an energy assessment scheme that is mandatory for organisations in the UK that meet certain qualification criteria, as set by the governing body, the Environment Agency.

Chris Holdsworth has more than 40 years industry experience and has completed hundreds of ESOS type audits for businesses.

His company, The Utility Forum, which is based at Marsh Mill Village, Thornton, Cleveleys, already employs 10 people and has a client base which includes some of the biggest UK organisations, such as Bibby Shipping Line which already use the team to help with energy saving, auditing, utility procurement.

Chris has been awaiting the announcement of becoming a lead assessor for around six months. He said it will bring exciting business opportunities to his company as well as the addition of some specialist skills and training to the Fylde Coast through his existing team and the need to recruit new employees.

Chris said: “All companies with more than 250 employees or a turnover of more than £45m must have an ESOS assessment. The Government will now be making companies aware that the audit can only be signed off by a lead assessor, so potentially 7,000 companies in the UK, will now need to appoint one of only a handful of lead assessors.

“The announcement and qualification is huge recognition for myself as well as my company and will bring some massive business opportunities to the area meaning new jobs and roles will be created over the next year – we hope this is going to be a very busy time for us.”

Local organisations which qualify for ESSOS must carry out assessments every four years and need to have the first done by December 5, 2015.

The grandfather of five, who recently ran the Berlin marathon for charity Get Kids Going, said: “These assessments are audits of the energy used by their buildings, industrial processes and transport to identify cost-effective energy saving measures”.