TWO friends who worked together in Brazil for a Tyneside company have returned to their native North East to launch their own business.
Gary Smith from Gateshead and Dave Ramsay from Cramlington previously worked together for Tyneside oil and gas company Wellstream, which was bought out by US giant GE.
The pair took redundancy and teamed up to start a firm helping companies which use air conditioning units to stay within the law.
They provide air conditioning efficiency reports, which are legally required by any commercial operator with an air conditioning system with an output of 12KW and older than five years.
GSDR Ltd, based in Swalwell, carries out assessments for clients across the North East, ranging from air conditioning companies to facilities management agencies, commercial estate agents, large manufacturers to banks. The pair also carry out non domestic energy assessments (NDEA) and display energy assessments (DEC).
Gary said: “It’s now a legal requirement for businesses that use air con systems of a certain size and age to have these assessments carried out and be able to produce the all-important Energy Performance Certificate. If businesses don’t comply, they face a heavy fine of £300.”
Dave added: “Businesses can carry out the recommended work at their leisure but ensuring their equipment is energy efficient can be a major cost-saving. Our reports look at whether the units are working to their optimum efficiency and inform the client what to do if they’re not.
“Being aware of the way your air con works will go a long way to cut a business’s carbon footprint. It’s a cool way of staying within the law as well as doing your bit for the environment and saving money.”