Kensa Engineering, the UK’s No 1 manufacturer of ground source heat pumps, has been crowned Business of the Year at the Western Morning News Awards.
Announced in front of a crowd of over 330 South West business
Kensa Engineering’s Shoebox heat pump, the smallest and quietest ground source heat pump in the world, was also shortlisted for Innovation of the Year at the awards. leaders and innovators on Thursday night (21st November) at a glittering event in Plymouth, the title of Business of the Year coincides with Kensa celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2014.
Judges found the category of Business of the Year so closely contested that a highly commended award was created for runners-up South West Metal Finishing. Surfwear brand Ann’s Cottage were also a finalist in the category.
What set Kensa’s entry apart from the rest was the company’s sheer tenacity, commitment to innovation, and drive. As Simon Lomax, Managing Director of Kensa Engineering comments:
“Approaching our 15th anniversary we couldn’t have asked for a more appropriate end to 2013. In the last five years we have seen Kensa’s turnover increase five fold, and staff numbers increase by a third in 12 months. This performance is made even more remarkable due to the overall ground source heat pump market declining during this period due to delays in government subsidy programmes. Regardless of such delays, Kensa is now the UK’s largest supplier of ground source heat pumps, out-performing global and pan-European competitors. With hugely rewarding Government programmes finally released for ground source heat pump customers, and our recent appointment of Chris Davis as our new Commercial Director, Kensa is on the cusp of an expected boom; the outlook for 2014 is hot!”
Kensa’s win should increase awareness of the alternatives to traditional fuel types, and the benefits of renewable technologies. With news of potentially the coldest winter for a generation and recent price hikes by the major energy companies, many living off the gas network will be looking for a way to reduce bills and guarantee their warmth through the winter, as Simon continues: 60°C
“The market for ground source heat pumps is near boiling point. We are all poised for the RHI Phase 1 tariff increases and RHI Phase 2 launch in Spring. Added to this the expected plummeting temperatures through the winter, we expect demand for ground source heat pumps to peak, and Kensa is aligning itself to best maximise the opportunity for installers, end users, and industry.”