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Vickers Energy Group North West Green Hero Awards

Awards win and resource efficiency savings identified for two GM firms with ENWORKS

Trafford-based Vickers Energy Group has benefited from the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth low carbon sector support, winning a North West Green Hero Award in the process.

Established over 20 years ago, Vickers Energy Group designs, manufactures, installs and maintains advanced energy management systems (EMS) that control industrial heating and guarantee to reduce energy consumption, save money, reduce carbon emissions and improve environmental ranking.

Low carbon support

Vickers started receiving low carbon sector support from Green Growth in June 2014 to help raise its profile and increase in-bound sales leads.

As part of its resource efficiency support to Greater Manchester SMEs, Green Growth is now recommending Vickers’ products and services to relevant companies that are looking for ways to improve their energy efficiency and save money.

Awards and recognition


On Green Growth’s recommendation, Vickers also applied for and successfully won a North West Green Hero Award for Environmental Innovation in October 2014.

The award recognised the achievements of Vickers’ energy management system, which has saved customers a total of 10.5 billion kWh of energy and two million tonnes of CO2e over the last decade, equating to costs savings of more than £200 million.

More recently, Vickers was also presented with the International Green World Ambassador Award at the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice at the Houses of Parliament on 10 November 2014.

Both awards give Vickers a chance to progress through to the 2016 European Business Awards for the Environment.

‘Energy high on the agenda’

David Hilton, managing director of Vickers Energy Group, said:

“The North West Green Hero Award win is testament to the fact that companies are starting to address their energy consumption and looking at reducing it on an on-going basis.

“It’s imperative that reducing energy output is high on the agenda for all companies across the UK as they have an obligation to bring down their carbon emissions. We work with our clients to assess their needs and install our system so that we save them money and help reduce their carbon footprint.”

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Tameside manufacturer identifies £8,800 resource efficiency savings

Coleherne Ltd, a white metal lined bearing manufacturer and laser cutting service, has identified £8,800 in cost savings following resource efficiency support from the Green Growth service.


The family-owned business, which employs 60 people at its site in Hyde, Tameside, has been manufacturing and repairing plain and white metal lined bearings since the early 20th Century.

It is an approved supplier to all sectors of the engineering industry and its bearings are used for a host of different applications. The company also offers precision CNC laser cutting, machining and folding services, including carbon steel profiling and metal fabrication.

Business support

In July, Green Growth undertook a resource efficiency review at Coleherne’s site to help identify opportunities for the company to reduce costs and improve environmental performance.

The review identified new annual savings opportunities totalling over £8,800 and 42 tonnes of CO2e.


Coleherne requires around-the-clock lighting for certain parts of its factory, such as its laser cutting unit. By upgrading existing lighting with high-efficiency LED alternatives, Green Growth found that Coleherne has the opportunity to save £5,700 and 36.2 tonnes of CO2e a year.

Green Growth was able to link Coleherne to three Greater Manchester based lighting suppliers through its low carbon sector service, all of which have now quoted for lighting upgrades in the laser cutting unit. 


The resource efficiency review also identified annual savings of over £3,000 and 5.6 tonnes of CO2e through an opportunity to install solar PV panels on the factory roof.
Coleherne is currently planning to install 100 solar panels onto its roof, with work expected to be carried out early next year.

Next steps

Plans are now being made to monitor the electricity usage on Coleherne’s two laser cutting machines. The data gathered will be used to highlight consumption patterns and look at energy usage against production output to identify areas of inefficiency.

‘Business case’

Peter Fahey, managing director at Coleherne, said:

“The Green Growth support we’ve received from ENWORKS has been essential in helping us to build a business case for making environmental improvements, and their links to local suppliers is an added bonus.”

Green Growth support is delivered by ENWORKS as part of the Business Growth Hub. To learn more about the service, or read other success stories, visit the website.

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