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Greater Manchester SMEs given opportunity to promote green tech

Three Greater Manchester clean tech SMEs were given the chance to showcase the region’s growing low carbon expertise alongside the Business Growth Hub at the recent Greenbuild Expo 2015.

Three Greater Manchester clean tech SMEs were given the chance to showcase the region’s growing low carbon expertise alongside the Business Growth Hub at the recent Greenbuild Expo 2015.

The two-day Greenbuild and Buildings & Energy Efficiency (B&EE) Expo at Manchester Central on 10-11 November 2015 highlighted UK-wide technological expertise in building retrofit and energy performance, with over 100 exhibitors taking part.

Delegates had access to more than 70 workshops and seminars during the event, including a ‘Future Cities Zone’, which focused on what buildings could be like in the future and how they could help to overcome challenges such as energy and resource scarcity.

Local expertise

Greater Manchester’s Business Growth Hub was on hand throughout the event to offer help and advice to SMEs through its specialist Green Growth service.

To give a snapshot of Greater Manchester’s growing expertise in low carbon and environmental goods and services, three SMEs working with the Green Growth service were given the opportunity to exhibit at the event. 

Energy saving

Open Control Solutions (OCS), based in Wigan, was able to demonstrate its expertise in energy saving systems, which can control approximately 87 per cent of a building’s energy use. The company has recently embarked on an ambitious five year growth plan with support from Green Growth advisors. 

Paul Goucher, managing director of OCS, said: “We would like to thank the Business Growth Hub for inviting us to join them on their stand at Greenbuild/B&EE. It was a very enjoyable couple of days which resulted in a number of positive conversations with organisations who were very interested in how we could reduce their energy consumption.” 

Joining OCS at the event was Stockport-based KAST Energy Solutions, a specialist in reducing business energy bills which is celebrating a successful first year in business.

The company tailors its services to meet client needs through a variety of technologies, including solar thermal and PV panels, wind turbines, biomass boilers, energy monitoring services, voltage optimisation and infrared heating.

Lighting

Also exhibiting alongside the Business Growth Hub was RICOMAN, a Trafford-based LED lighting manufacturer. 2015 marked the introduction of several innovative products for the company, including low glare downlights, anti-corrosive fittings, low UGR luminaries and highly-efficient high bay lights. 

“As RICOMAN is a relatively new player in the UK market, the exhibition gave us a chance to get in contact with prospective clients who are interested in optimising their energy efficiency”, said RICOMAN’s Anna Chovsepian. “Some interesting potential leads resulted from the event and we would definitely participate again.”

To find out more about the Business Growth Hub’s support for SMEs working in the low carbon sector, visit the Green Growth website.