A Salford-based energy management company celebrating a decade in business has been crowned north west consultancy of the year for the third time.
Affiliated Utilities scooped the regional accolade in The Energy Live Consultancy Awards in 2014 and 2015 and has made it a hat-trick by becoming the 2018 winner.
The award was presented at a ceremony in London attended by more than 450 people.
Motty Broder and Joel Debson founded the business with just two staff and it now has a workforce of 19, having recruited five people in the past 12 months as demand for its services has grown.
Affiliated Utilities advises businesses on all aspects of energy management.
Its services include energy and water procurement along with market and legislation updates, bill validation and reporting, meter installations and district heating systems.
The company acts for commercial clients ranging from large businesses with multiple sites to those with smaller, single-site operations.
Currently it manages an annual energy spend of £350m across more than 4,000 sites nationwide.
Commercial clients include retailers, care home and hotel operators and commercial and residential property landlords.
Affiliated Utilities, which is based on Knoll Street, Broughton, gives 20pc of its profits to charity.
Motty said: “In this milestone year for Affiliated Utilities we are delighted to have once again been voted north west regional consultancy of the year.
“It’s fantastic news that the high standards we pride ourselves upon have been recognised with this accolade.
“We are committed to providing an excellent customer service which is fair, transparent and professional.
“Our staff have excellent market knowledge and understanding of the needs of our clients and suppliers, and we are seldom beaten on price, giving us a compelling offer which is reflected by our 95 per cent customer retention rate.
“None of our success would be possible without the dedication of our loyal staff. We promote a positive, friendly and professional culture with flexible working, a generous bonus system and career development opportunities.
“We have recently diversified the business by adding a metering and tenant recharging services arm as we continue to expand. It’s an exciting time for the business and we look forward to the future with confidence.”