Fergus Ewing MSP opens UFW Ltd’s Scotland Eco-Hub

Fergus Ewing MSP was on hand to officially open green energy firm UFW Ltd’s new Eco-Hub site in Livingston.
Mr Ewing, Scotland’s Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism, was joined by more than 100 guests, including Tom Conn, West Lothian’s Executive councillor for the environment, installer partners and manufacturers for the opening on January 10.
The Eco-Hub is the launch pad for an ambitious growth plan for UFW Ltd across Scotland. It will be led by Regional Manager Mark Chambers, and will house offices, exhibition centres, renewables training academy and a large distribution warehouse.
UFW Ltd has invested £1.5million in the Livingston site, creating a raft of new jobs.
The firm supplies, designs and specifies a wide range of green energy technologies such as ground and air source heat pumps, solar PV and thermal, biomass, underfloor heating and rainwater harvesting.
Mr Ewing said: “The Scottish Government is passionate about promoting renewable energy for homes and businesses across the country. Whether it be heat pumps, solar or biomass, we want people to take up renewable energy, which is why businesses such as UFW Ltd are vital.
“There is still a lot of scepticism over the technology, its costs and how the systems work; the only way to deal with this is for people to see the technology for themselves.
“UFW Ltd’s facilities here in Livingston are so important for this reason – members of the public will be able to come into the exhibition centre and training rooms, see the technology for themselves and have all the benefits explained by UFW’s renewable energy experts. UFW can then design a bespoke system and work with an accredited and professional plumber or engineer to complete the installation.
“This is a great time for enterprise in Scotland and we always like to welcome new companies such as UFW Ltd, and are grateful that they have chosen to invest in the country and its economy. This is a long-term commitment for UFW Ltd and they have selected an excellent location for their new Eco-Hub. The Training Academy is also very practical and will be beneficial in encouraging trades people, business and public sector organisations to be educated in microgeneration technology and its advantages.”
Nigel Parkes, UFW Ltd Managing Director, said: “We are expanding into Scotland to meet a soaring demand for services, and believe the country is perfectly placed to become a global leader in the renewable energy industry.
“We are aiming to create 15 jobs in the Eco-Hub’s first year, with a projected turnover of £2million. Opening in Scotland will allow us to create even better relationships with our customers, providing them with a first class exhibition and distribution centre to view our products and meet our expert engineers and designers. It was also very important to us to include a dedicated, hands-on training centre to meet the growing demand for skills and expertise in the green energy sector. Our Training Academy offers a range of both Bpec and Logic accredited courses, in areas such as heat pumps, solar thermal, water regulations and working at height.
“We also run a Bpec accredited Renewable Energy Awareness course, which is a perfect introduction for anyone wanting to learn more about how and why each technology works, the associated benefits, and grant funding schemes available.”
Tom Conn, West Lothian’s Executive councillor for the environment, said: “We are delighted to welcome green energy specialists UFW Ltd to West Lothian. This Eco-hub will help cater for the growing demand for renewable technologies in Scotland, and provide a welcome jobs boost for the local economy.”
For more information visit www.ufw.co.uk

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