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Finding the right balance

The figures for the Green Deal cashback vouchers confirm many people’s worst views of the scheme, in that there seem to be few opportunities for smaller companies, with nearly all vouchers issued by British Gas to date in its role as provider, assessor and installer.

The good news is that the Department of Energy and Climate Change has agreed to look at the situation. With the parliamentary summer recess now over, it is more likely to receive attention, but whether any change will be made remains to be seen.

While the Energy Company Obligation has been credited with providing higher levels of business, reports have also stated that smaller companies have found it difficult to engage with the scheme.

A number of references have been made to the 2010 boiler scrappage scheme, which is viewed as providing a more level playing field, and it will be interesting to see whether this can be used as a reference for both the Green Deal and ECO.

Better news is that the H&V News Awards 2014 are now open for entries. Submissions should be completed by December, so now’s the time to start preparing to ensure your entry catches the judges’ eyes.

With industry conditions showing promising signs, there is even more reason for entering the awards to gain attention for your company in 2014, celebrating yoursuccessful operations and endorsing your company as a future business partner for others.

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