Renewable energy company secures six-figure deal with home improvement retailer

Sep 22, 2009

Lisburn company Blue Sky Renewables has secured a major six-figure deal in the UK, with support from Invest Northern Ireland.

Blue Sky Renewables assembles, distributes and installs sustainable energy equipment such as solar panels and water heaters to a range of clients including retailers, building management organisations and homeowners in the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Invest NI helped the company to attend a trade show in Birmingham, where it made initial contact with GAP, a leading home improvement retailer. After this first meeting, follow up discussions between the two companies resulted in the deal for the local business to provide GAP with solar equipment for onward sale to end users through its stores in England and Scotland.

Oonagh Hinds, Invest NI’s Eastern Regional Office Manager, said: “This recent success by Blue Sky Renewables demonstrates that by engaging in initiatives to promote products and services in external markets, local businesses can secure new high value contracts and boost the Northern Ireland economy.

“Invest NI is helping this business implement an extensive programme of marketing activities to raise the profile of its products and services outside Northern Ireland. Through this project, the company is aiming to increase profitability and generate even more sales in the growing renewable energy sector.”

Ms Hinds continued: “The significant business opportunities available in the renewables sector will be the focus of Invest NI’s Energy & Environment Conference in Belfast, on 14 October. The free conference will be an excellent opportunity for local businesses such as Blue Sky Renewables to network. Companies in attendance will also hear from industry experts about how to further develop their export capability, particularly in the sustainable energy and environmental sectors.”

Allen Johnston, Managing Director of Blue Sky Renewables, said: “This contract with GAP is a real breakthrough for our company, as we seek to further increase sales in external markets and boost awareness of the Blue Sky Renewables brand. As part of our ongoing investment strategy, we plan to attend more trade shows and build upon this export success.”

“We have a growing portfolio of innovative products which can meet the needs of an increasing number of both domestic and industrial customers, who are aiming to reduce their carbon footprint and cut unnecessary energy costs,” added Mr Allen.

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