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Green Deal involvement announced

Swale Heating has announced it is putting a dozen staff through a training programme to be accredited as approved Green Deal assessors, in readiness for the scheme’s nationwide rollout in January 2013.

The company will also become an approved installer of heating systems and renewable technologies under the plan, displaying the Green Deal Quality Mark.

Swale Heating managing director Mark Pope said the company committed itself early to the Green Deal and is leading the way among Kent companies who have signed up.

“There are major opportunities for independent heating services companies like ours to be involved.

“We are investing in training our staff to become accredited assessors and we are also putting arrangements in place to provide access to finance to householders under the terms of the programme,” he said.

“If we have any concern it is that the Government needs to take the lead in promoting the Green Deal to the public.

“The concept behind it is unlike anything that has been tried before and the Government needs to be shouting from the rooftops to explain to householders in Kent and elsewhere how this works and why they should be involved.

“We will do our bit to promote the Green Deal but it is critical that the Department unveils a high-profile advertising campaign at the appropriate time,” said Mr Pope.