A BOLDON energy business has quadrupled its workforce in the past six months.
Heating and Gas Solutions was founded in 2011 by former Eaga employee Graham Dodd and is supported by the Eaga Trust, set up to help former members of staff.
The firm was initially established to install gas boilers across the North East, but after becoming an accredited installer for the Government’s Affordable Warmth and Green Deal schemes, Graham not only had to diversify his services but also increase his manpower.
Now, with help of three engineers and two apprentices, the business is installing a full range of renewables, such as solar panels and air and ground source heat pumps to help eradicate fuel poverty in the region.
“The company really hit the ground running in terms of orders and contracts” said Graham.
“However, as with any start-up company, there were considerable overheads, which I had to absorb in order to grow the business.
“Thankfully, because I used to work for Eaga there was a huge amount of help available to me through the eaga Trust.
Graham applied for a Business funding loan which enabled him to purchase a much needed van.
“The trust helped with interest-free funding which makes a great difference,” he said.
“One of my engineers is a former Eaga employee, too, so I’m happy to be able to give something back.”