Two minutes with Green Square Kelso

Oliver Thyne

Who are you?
Oliver Thyne, director of Green Square Kelso

What do you do?
I oversee the day to day running of my business. We design, supply, install and maintain energy systems (predominantly renewable technologies) for the domestic and small scale markets.

Where are you?
I officially opened the doors to Green Square Kelso in The Borders in March this year, giving the people of Scotland a place to come and learn about renewable energy and the benefits of going green.

How’s business at the moment?
Business is great. It’s ever changing with new and better technologies finding their way into the market place.

How could business be better?
I think there is a threat to renewables as certain subsidies are falling, but I would hope that whilst the government may be bringing schemes to an end for the larger projects, microgeneration, where everyone can benefit, will continue strongly.

Who do you admire in renewables?
I am a huge advocate of microgeneration. Not only has it helped build an industry and created jobs, but it has allowed people to enjoy the benefits of renewables; more choice, a little bit of financial freedom and, of course, less reliance on fossil fuels.

What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
Try to remain enthusiastic and optimistic, even when you feel like shutting your eyes. Don’t get caught up thinking too much about your competitors. Don’t bow to pressure to reduce your prices but instead do what you do well and properly.