A new office is set to open in Scotland in August followed by offices in London and the South West later in the year. UFW says the expansion plans should lead to the creation of new jobs with investment in Scotland alone standing at £1m.
UFW Ltd managing director, Nigel Parkes, said: “These new centres are a key part of our expansion plans to become the UK’s leading renewable energy system provider. We are currently working on large scale projects across the UK and opening in these new areas will allow us to create even better relationships with our customers, providing them with a first class exhibition and distribution centre to view our products and meet our expert engineers and designers.
“It was also very important to us to include training centres in each new location to meet the growing demand for skills and expertise in the green energy sector. We have recently invested in a new training centre at our Leicester HQ which is allowing trades people to get hands on training and industry qualifications in the latest green energy technologies.”
He added: “When it comes to renewable energy, it’s a very large market out there and there is a lot of demand. The figures show only 869 people in the UK are registered to install air source systems, 742 to fit ground source ones, and 226 people are registered to fit bio-mass, compared to 123,000 registered gas installers. It’s very apparent the education and skills base of traditional installers needs to be brought up-to-date.”