Excellence award first for Cheshire company

Cheshire-based JPCS has become the first in its sector to receive a UK Excellence Award from the British Quality Foundation for its products and services.

The company which says it pioneered the installation of ground mounted solar panels, was established in 1993 by managing director Peter Shone and has grown into a £10 million turnover business working with clients such as Anesco, Mole Valley Farmers Co-operative and British Gas.

Featuring photovoltaic cells, the panels generate electricity from sunlight and deliver huge cost savings to users who benefit from a direct source of on-site electricity and perpetual income from energy suppliers who pay for the surplus energy produced by the panels.

The British Quality Foundation is an independent, not for profit, organisation that helps companies improve performance, learn from best practice and achieve sustainable excellence.

It launched the UK Excellence Awards in 1994 to recognise organisations that have excelled against a framework of assessments.

Since the awards were first held seventeen years ago, hundreds of organisations have competed for recognition but only 45 have entered its hallowed ranks.

JPCS will now take its place alongside household names like Siemens and Virgin Trains.

“The fact that so few Awards are handed out each year makes this especially satisfying,” says JPCS managing directo, Peter Shone.

“It really is a feather in our cap as the EFQM Excellence Model is recognised internationally as a rigorous test of a company’s capability. Quite simply, this is one of the highest accolades any organisation can achieve.

“Since the introduction of the Feed-in-Tariff Scheme in recent years, everyone seems to have gone solar panel crazy but we were visionary and have been providing systems for six years.

“The fact is, when installed correctly, photovoltaic panels bring huge environmental and financial benefits.

“We installed a 4.2Mw system for Toyota this year ago and they are already reporting a saving of around £300,000 on their energy bill. It’s a commercial no brainer.

“We are especially proud that our product innovation has been recognised.

“Our Groundscrew system, for instance, has been a big hit with customers as it enables clean, fast and easy installation of panels and does away with the need for excavation and concrete foundations.

“In a fast-changing market where companies are jumping on the bandwagon virtually daily without any pedigree or proven track record, it’s great to have our excellence recognised and rewarded with this award.”