Ballymoney company achieves growth by targeting renewable energy market

With support from Invest Northern Ireland, Ballymoney company Glover Site Investigations Ltd has increased its turnover by penetrating the lucrative renewable energy and environmental markets.

The company offers a range of land investigation services, including site surveys, intrusive drilling, rock coring and reporting.

Having previously focussed primarily on providing services to civil engineering projects such as roads and bridges, Glover has in recent years increasingly applied its expertise to the wind energy and associated sectors.

This has delivered significant new business in external and export markets, including Great Britain and the Republic of Ireland, as the use of wind farms grows.

The success follows an investment of over £80,000 by the company, backed by an offer of £17,000 from Invest NI, part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, to improve its IT systems. This has streamlined operations and enabled the company’s engineers and consultants to access database information remotely, giving them improved lines of communication and helping them complete jobs more expediently.

Olive Hill, Invest NI’s Director of Technology and Process Development, says: “More and more local companies are recognising the opportunities that exist in the renewable energy and environmental sectors. Businesses like Glover can apply existing technical expertise to these areas and help improve both their turnover and their geographical reach.

“There is a growing need for site surveys, decontamination and inspection prior to the construction of wind turbines. These kinds of commercial opportunities will be amongst many explored at Invest NI’s Energy & Environment Conference 09, to be held in Belfast on 14 October. Over 500 companies are expected to take part, sharing ideas and hearing from international industry experts.”

Philip Rainey, CEO of Glover Site Investigations, comments: “For over 40 years we have worked hard to improve our service delivery, incorporating the latest technologies as they become available. Alongside this, we are always looking out for new potential sources of revenue.

“The proliferation of renewable energy, particularly wind, has resulted in a marked increase in demand for site services like ours. Wind energy companies are often obliged to demonstrate that their installations will not have a harmful impact on their immediate environment. We conduct detailed site investigations that can assess the potential effect of turbines on the surrounding area.”

Mr Rainey concludes: “Support from Invest NI has enabled us to make ICT improvements which allow us to access detailed levels of data whilst out onsite. Our clients have appreciated this improvement in service and it has certainly helped us secure business more easily.”