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Swansea renewable energy provider secures £100,000 investment

Anthony Dixey, Director, Economy Energy Group

The British Business Bank announces the second debt finance deal from the £130m Investment Fund for Wales, with a £100,000 investment from the Debt Finance fund, managed by appointed fund managers FW Capital.

The investment into Economy Energy Group, a renewable energy provider based at Swansea Enterprise Park, is the second debt finance deal announced on behalf of the Investment Fund for Wales and comes just a few weeks after its first.

The Investment Fund for Wales was launched by the government-backed British Business Bank in November 2023 to boost the supply of early-stage finance to small and medium-sized businesses across Wales. The Fund offers a range of commercial finance options with smaller loans from £25,000 to £100,000, debt finance from £100,000 to £2 million and equity investment up to £5 million.

Economy Energy Group was established in 2014 by veteran electrician Anthony Dixey to carry out electrical work for residential and commercial customers. Since then, the business has taken a lead in the renewable energy sector, and offers services including installing large commercial solar projects and electric vehicle charging points; providing off-grid renewable energy solutions for remote customers and ensuring clients’ homes are integrated with the latest in smart home technologies.

Over the past ten years the company has seen demand and its client base grow. Turnover has increased steadily in recent years, from £380,000 in 2022 to £620,000 in 2023, with post investment turnover for 2024 forecast to be £1.2m.

The support of the £100,000 loan from the British Business Bank is designed to facilitate further growth and has allowed Economy Energy Group to take on four new members of staff, taking their total to nine, adding to their roster of electricians, roofers and labourers, which includes two apprentices. They have also purchased a fork lift truck, four new vans, completed an office renovation and installed a complete IT system to help manage their ongoing growth.

Immediate future plans include engaging with all schools in the local area who have been provided with grants to install renewable energy solutions for their buildings, including solar panels and charging points. They are also working with ECO4 companies (a government energy-efficiency scheme designed to tackle fuel poverty and help reduce carbon emissions) to provide solar for homes currently running on coal and oil. Additionally, they also have a number of large, complex projects in the pipeline with RGM Vehicle Body Repairs and waste management and recycling firm, Gavin Griffiths Group, that up until the new investment they had been unable to facilitate.

Anthony Dixey, Director of Economy Energy Group, said: “We’re seeing more and more people come to us looking for solutions to their energy issues and advice on how best to improve and monitor their usage. As a result we have strong growth potential and this loan from the Investment Fund for Wales gives us exactly what we need at the time we need it, to grow and provide green energy to more customers throughout the country.”

Rhodri Evans, fund manager for the Investment Fund for Wales at FW Capital, said: “We’re delighted to have provided this support to Economy Energy Group. They provide a much-needed range of services in the expanding renewable energy sector to domestic and commercial customers throughout Wales, and there’s further scope for them in the coming years as that grows. The support provided from the Investment Fund for Wales will ensure their business can grow viably and sustainably in order to meet that demand.”

Mark Sterritt, Director, Nations and Regions Investment Funds at the British Business Bank, said: “We are particularly pleased to see the Investment Fund for Wales actively working for businesses like Economy Energy Group who are involved in developing the Green Economy and helping us move towards a net zero future.

“Their ambition and the strong demand that they have developed for their services is to be admired and supported and we hope that this new investment will go a long way to helping them realise their goals.”