Expansion plan built into offices

FUTURE PLANS: Mark Menzies MP (seated) looks at energy futures prices, with (from left) Julian Carter (operations manager), Helen Rowlings (events and marketing'co-ordinator), Chris Jones (partner), Samantha Bailey (business services manager) and Russ Priestley (senior partner) at BIU.
FUTURE PLANS: Mark Menzies MP (seated) looks at energy futures prices, with (from left) Julian Carter (operations manager), Helen Rowlings (events and marketing'co-ordinator), Chris Jones (partner), Samantha Bailey (business services manager) and Russ Priestley (senior partner) at BIU.
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A HI-tech utilities management company has moved to new offices to pave the way for future expansion.

A HI-tech utilities management company has moved to new offices to pave the way for future expansion.

British Independent Utilities has moved to the St Annes Buildings – above B&M Bargains – in Clifton Drive North.

The 59-strong team at the firm manage the energy of more than 75,000 properties and 100,000 supply points for some of the UK´s most successful organisations, including the Royal Bank of Scotland, Tesco, and Kwik Fit.

The firm deals with companies that spend more than £1 million on utility bills every year.

Operations manager Julian Carter said: “We are an expanding company and we’re proud to have offices in St Annes town centre.

“We are advertising for staff now and are always on the look out. These premises give us the opportunity to expand in the future.

“One of the great things about being located here is that we have a lot of people who can walk to work. The business is now part of the town.”

The business takes on energy accounts for sites owned by companies and carries out 100 checks on each to make sure energy prices are being bought at the best possible price.

Mr Carter added: “It becomes very difficult for these firms with 1,000 sites to know what you they are actually paying for – how many people really check their energy bills and know what all the data means?

“We probably know more about their buildings than the customers do.”

The offices, spread over three floors, are state-of-the-art with staff using multi-screened computer systems to keep an eye on constantly updating energy prices, and also energy price trends over time.

Staff can then can then make an informed decision as to when to lock a company into an energy deal.

The firm has invested a lot of money in its new premises, creating a brand new interior to the building, including new staircases and the removal of internal walls to create open and light office space.

The offices are lit at night in a light blue hue to match the scheme in The Square.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies performed the official opening of the premises last week. He said: “We should be incredibly proud to have an organisation like this in St Annes.

They are at the forefront of the energy industry and they play a crucial role in the UK’s energy markets.

“I was pleased to see they are also in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 Companies to Work For at the first time of asking, and that is a considerable achievement.”