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Wigan firm charging up the EV market

Wigan-based Ecoplugg is boosting its share of the rapidly growing UK market for electric vehicle charging points, thanks in part to support from specialists at GC Business Growth Hub.

The Overview

Ecoplugg is an installer of electric vehicle charging points, servicing domestic, commercial and public sector clients. Established in 2017, it has successfully created a network of electricians to help expand its reach throughout Greater Manchester and beyond.

With subsidies in place to support their installation and electric vehicles becoming increasingly popular, electrical vehicle charging equipment has become a hugely competitive space for installers.

Liam Wolstenholme, director of Ecoplugg

Green sector support

As a member of GC Business Growth Hub’s virtual Low Carbon Network, Ecoplugg has benefitted from introductions to a number of fellow green technology firms in Greater Manchester, helping it to raise its profile, grow its installer network and identify potential commercial partnerships.

Specialist advisors at the Hub have also provided support by carrying out market research into the car dealership market in the North of England to help Ecoplugg understand opportunities in this sector, while offering further advice on expanding reach through online networks like LinkedIn.

The Business Growth Hub is like a second pair of eyes that can take a holistic look at a problem and suggest practical solutions.

Liam Wolstenholme, Director

Growing team

The support from the Hub has ultimately helped Ecoplugg to diversify into new markets after winning work with two leading food and drink manufacturers. Its team has grown to three full-time members of staff, with the company now operating across the UK.

Katherine Burden, senior green technology and services advisor at GC Business Growth Hub, said: “When we first met in 2018, Ecoplugg was a new entrant to the market looking to raise its profile and client base. With a little support, it has tripled the size of its workforce and successfully managed to grow its share of a rapidly growing market.”

Liam Wolstenholme, director of Ecoplugg, added: “The Business Growth Hub is like a second pair of eyes that can take a holistic look at a problem and suggest practical solutions. It’s been brilliant in helping us to take a step back and consider our strategy. We’re now looking to develop our installer network further so we can continue to grow our share of the UK market”.

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