Focus on growth for company in 25th year

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THE managing director of a Harrogate company says it has “big plans” for 2012 as it celebrates its 25th anniversary.

Ventilation manufacturer EnviroVent has continued to grow despite fierce competition in an incredibly tough market place.

Managing director Nick Heaton said: “2011 was a tough year for many companies in the UK, and businesses within the construction sector were hit particularly hard. The economic crises followed by the Government’s current austerity measures have led to a downturn in the construction sector. UK banks are now taking a very cautious approach to lending, and as a result, first time buyers are finding it very difficult to get a mortgage. This has brought the pace of the housing market to an almost standstill.

“In this current climate, it is a real achievement for any company that is reliant on the construction industry to be still showing growth and creating jobs.”

EnviroVent manufactures low-energy, sustainable domestic ventilation products designed to improve indoor air quality and to eliminate condensation and black mould. It designs, develops and manufactures products at its Hornbeam Park base, and supplies to the commercial, private and public sectors.

Despite the difficulties last year, the company took the opportunity to look at every aspect of its operation, taking measures to restructure if necessary, with the aim of ensuring that the routine running of the business was conducted as efficiently and cost effectively as possible, meeting the demands of economic and technical change.

As a result, Mr Heaton now believes EnviroVent is in a secure position to face whatever challenges 2012 may bring. In the last decade, the company has more than trebled in size and invested a substantial amount of money into research and development, creating many local jobs as a result.

EnviroVent sees its priorities now in continued sales growth and has committed to safeguard local jobs.

Last year, EnviroVent was yet again recognised for product innovation by winning the heating and ventilation industry’s most coveted prize, the H&V News Award for the Domestic Product of the Year. The award was won for the design and development of energiVent FLOW®, an energy efficient heat recovery system. The product has attracted attention from developers both at home and abroad, adding to an increase in export sales. The company had previously won the Queen’s Award for Innovation with the EnviroVent Filterless Extractor Fan in 2009.

The company’s domestic division, which was set up to target private homeowners and landlords, is going from strength to strength. The growth from this section of the business has enabled EnviroVent to invest in television advertising.

EnviroVent is also developing a new internal desk-based account management team to increase business within the distribution market.

Further adding to the company’s green credentials, this year the company is also looking at ways to reduce its own energy and fuel consumption, starting with the company’s vehicle fleet.

Mr Heaton added: “We are really proud of what our staff have accomplished. For this year, we expect the same tough trading conditions but we’ve got big plans and are confident that the growth will continue.”