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Energy price hikes create business opportunities

Service suppliers are seeing an unexpected boost in business as energy price rises lead consumers in some areas to look elsewhere for their servicing requirements.

Castleford-based heating services provider Help-Link is among the firms benefiting from the recent hikes, having recently reported a 50 per cent rise in turnover this year.

The company told the Yorkshire Post that this was due to disenchanted British Gas customers reacting to energy price rises.

Help-Link expects turnover to break the £15m mark this year and is now investing £500,000 on marketing to deliver more business while also recruiting apprentices.

Managing director Mel Butler told that paper: “People are fed up with the energy price rises. People are trying to get away from British Gas and to people like us.

“They are voting with their feet. They have got to get their power from these people but they don’t have to have the work done in their home by these people.”

The majority of the company’s new business has come from domestic customers and local authorities.

The latter included a £2.9m per year contract to provide gas servicing and landlord safety certificates for 7,800 local authority properties across Yorkshire.

With price rises affecting all areas of the UK, industry observers believe that those companies with spare capacity in the run-up to the heating season could gain new business.

Help-Link has also secured more work on the back of the demise of Connaught, working on a temporary basis for Harrogate Council.

The company will bid for the contract when it is opened to tender, said Mr Butler.