The Energy Saving Fund has pledged a £150 million investment in home improvement grants over the next five years – providing 200,000 installations of boilers, roofing, double-glazing and solar panels with a total retail value of half a billion pounds.
The not-for-profit organisation which offers help and advice along with financial assistance to consumers planning home improvements outlined their half decade-long programme just a week after revealing they were expanding nationwide from their Cheshire-based HQ.
“The most important spin-off from this pledge is the jobs it will create,” said ESF trustee and founder Thomas Adams,” speaking from the organisation’
ESF believes the new five year programme will create at least 1,000 new jobs across the home improvement sector. And the organisation has already asked independent sales training business, Pro-Sell, of Widnes, to provide them with 200 sales advisors to take their message to the consumer.
“ESF is now quite well known in the North where we have used our negotiating skills to make high quality energy saving home improvements available at affordable prices to the average family,” added Mr Adams.
“We have agreed deals and discounts with some of the biggest and best manufacturers and installers in the industry to ensure ESF customers can enjoy high quality home improvements at the very best rates. We’ve been doing this for six years and now we will see consumers right across the country enjoying the benefits ESF can bring.”
Trustee Alan Holloway from Winsford, Cheshire added:” We’ve been described as a 21st Century equivalent of the Co-operative movement, but we really are simply negotiating the best deals possible with the manufacturers and installers so that the consumer can enjoy the benefits of energy efficiency whether that be via a new boiler or double glazing for the windows in their homes.
“ESF has created a new stream of work for the home improvement sector which has ultimately led to the creation of new jobs. And that must be good news for everybody.”