Calderdale 6C officially opens for business

The Calderdale 6C, an exclusive energy buying consortium for Calderdale businesses, is set to host energy roadshows across the borough.

Calderdale businesses are invited to attend one of four roadshows held in the coming months in Brighouse, Ripponden, Hebden Bridge and Elland.

The first event kicks off in Brighouse on 30 October 2015, hosted by local accountancy firm Sleigh and Story at Thornhill Brigg Mills, from 8.30am-10.30am.

Over 30 businesses attended the launch of the Calderdale Big 6 at Halifax Town Hall in September and many Calderdale companies are already signing up to the scheme.

The exclusive ‘Energy Purchasing Club’, formed by Elland-based energy management experts Orchard Energy in partnership with Calderdale Council, enables businesses in Calderdale to pool resources together and benefit from greater energy buying power and significant savings on energy bills.

During the roadshows, Calderdale businesses will hear about funding available for SMEs to help with training, meet the Calderdale Big 6 and understand the benefits of becoming a member of the scheme, bring along their energy bills and ask questions to the team and find out how Orchard Energy and Calderdale Council are working together to help reduce overall energy usage for local businesses in the area.

Councillor Barry Collins, Calderdale Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic development said: “Calderdale has a thriving business community of all sizes and from a wide range of sectors. In particular, it has a high population of manufacturing businesses that are heavy energy users.

“This exclusive initiative has been designed to bring together local businesses that want to reduce their overheads and play an important part in improving their local environment.”

Energy management specialist, Orchard Energy, already has long-standing customers in Calderdale, and will provide a dedicated account manager who will work closely with each business that becomes part of the consortium to create long-term strategies that will lead to measureable energy savings.

 Gareth Henderson, managing director of Orchard Energy, said:

 “We have been working with businesses in Calderdale for over 10 years and are really looking forward to kick starting our roadshows in Brighouse and signing up more businesses from the area.

 “The Energy Purchasing Club is a great way for small businesses to benefit from the perks that bigger businesses get, as well as an opportunity to increase their efficiency, which helps to reduce uncertainty in this current economic climate.”

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