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DJS Market Research Ltd, Stockport

Bolton and Stockport firms increase sales and green growth

DJS Research Ltd, a market research company in Stockport, has reduced their environmental impact and won new sales after receiving resource efficiency support from Green Growth.

The family-owned firm offers consumer and business-to-business market research to private, public and third sector clients in the UK and internationally.  It has experienced rapid growth in staff numbers since being established in 2001, now employing 48 full time staff plus upwards of 60 temporary staff at any one time, leading to an increased environmental impact.


Green support
 

With a view to reducing this impact and maintaining their position as a responsible and ethical company, DJS Research received a Green Growth resource efficiency review in April 2014.

Following the review, DJS Research has made a host of environmental improvements, from switching to new technologies to building staff awareness. Among the investments currently in progress are tablet computers to allow field-based researchers to gather data electronically, leading to a sizeable cut in paper usage, and replacing computer equipment in their telephone interviewing unit with energy efficient alternatives.
 

DJS Research also received assistance with their environmental policy and direct support with a tender response for a public sector contract.
 

Results
 

DJS Research scored full marks in the sustainability section of their tender response, helping them to win a £115,000 contract for a major Government department. Their use of tablet computers for face to face research has also helped them to win a further £16,000 in new sales.

As a result of their efforts, the company was shortlisted in the Innovation and Community Contribution categories at the recent North West Green Hero Awards .
 

‘Cleaner and greener’
 

Danny Sims, managing director at DJS Research, said: “We consider ourselves an ethical company, with an understanding of our responsibility to our staff, the local community and to the wider business world.
 

“Our recent improvements have made us a cleaner and greener company and I consider the success in securing our new contracts as directly attributable to the advice provided to us by the Green Growth service.”
 

LED lighting company targets Green Growth with Business Growth Hub
 

Bri-Tek Technologies, an LED lighting company based in Bolton, is working with the Business Growth Hub to boost sales and achieve growth in Greater Manchester’s low carbon sector.  

Bri-Tek offers the full spectrum of low carbon lighting solutions across commercial, industrial and domestic sectors, covering design, specification, installation and maintenance.
 

Founded in 2010, the company is aiming to capitalise on rapid growth over the next five years as LEDs and other emerging low carbon and low energy lighting technologies take hold in global markets.
 

Green Growth
 

Bri-Tek has been working with the Business Growth Hub’s Green Growth service since April 2014 to develop its environmental credentials and increase its exposure to local low carbon market opportunities in Greater Manchester.

Green Growth’s low carbon sector support  is specifically designed to help companies like Bri-Tek to tap into the region’s plans to transition to a low carbon economy.
With Green Growth support, Bri-Tek has developed a robust and effective environmental policy, received advice on commercial tender opportunities and is benefitting from links to new market opportunities created by Green Growth’s resource efficiency support for SMEs.
 

‘Great example’
 

Adam Swainbank, low carbon sector advisor at Green Growth, said:

“I have been working with Bri-Tek for the last 6 months and we have been able to link them up with a number of LED lighting opportunities being created through our resource efficiency programme.

“It provides a great example of how Green Growth is helping to create and nurture opportunities for local low carbon suppliers in Greater Manchester.” 
 

Funding support
 

Green Growth is now in the process of providing funding support for Bri-Tek to undertake an online marketing campaign, and has also introduced the company to a range of other Business Growth Hub services, including Access to Finance, which is helping Bri-Tek to access new funding streams and opportunities.  

Mo Hanslod, chief executive of Bri-Tek, said:

“The Green Growth service has provided excellent support in helping my business to grow and meet our development ambitions in Greater Manchester’s low carbon sector and beyond.”
 

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

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