Double success for Ploughcroft

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BRIGHOUSE company, Ploughcroft, is celebrating a series of successes.

Its managing director Chris Hopkins has been shortlisted for the North Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, it has opened the first Green Deal-ready training centre and is hosting its second solar open day.

Mr Hopkins was selected as a finalist from hundreds of entrants across the northern region for the annual Ernst and Young awards which recognises excellence in business success,

“It is really exciting to be shortlisted for this award. I hope that my story will help to inspire other entrepreneurs to overcome their challenges and grow their businesses significantly, even in difficult economic times,” he said.

The winner will be announced at a ceremony in Manchester on June 25 and the winner from each of the four regions will go through to the national final. The UK winner will then automatically be entered into the firm’s international awards, representing the country on a global scale.

The company in Bradford Road has also joined forces with UTN Training to build a purpose-built training centre based in Wakefield to provide the most comprehensive range of Green Deal and renewable energy installation courses in the UK, as well as health and safety courses, for anyone involved in the construction sector.

The centre boasts a 14,500 square foot indoor training area with 15 fully equipped classrooms, which can cater for 180 delegates at any one time.

It has a further 3,000 square feet outdoor training area, plus car parking available for 200 cars.

The training centre also features a 25m long training roof, extensive work bays for solar PV, solar thermal, as well as dedicated training areas for heat pumps and biomass boiler installation. There is also an external training facility for wind turbine installation.

Mr Hopkins said: “We are really excited about the new training centre, as, from August, a full turnkey training solution for Green Deal installers and Green Deal assessors will be in place, opening up new opportunities for construction industry professionals.

“The centre will be capable of upskilling 10,000 people per year, so will help meet the Government’s ambitious targets for full Green Deal adoption across with the UK, with a fully qualified Green Deal workforce.”

Steve Fisher, Chairman of UTN, said they were delighted to be working with Ploughcroft to deliver the very highest quality health and safety training.

On Saturday, June 23, Ploughcroft will host a solar open day to enable homeowners to benefit from the recent announcement by the Department of Energy and Climate Change that the Feed in tariff cut will not come into place until August 1. “Our open days are a chance for homeowners to talk to our experienced staff about solar PV and the other renewable technologies we offer,” said Mr Hopkins.