Air conditioning specialists HLA Services Ltd has marked its tenth year of trading by posting record turnover of £8m, driven by customers’ demand for its energy efficient solutions.
The Boldon-based firm, whose clients includes Harvey Nichols, Newcastle International Airport and Caterpillar UK, has created eight new jobs, taking workforce levels to more than 90 full-time staff members in response to its busiest year in business yet.
The company, which supplies and manages air conditioning, climate and temperature control systems, said it has beaten off rivals by incorporating a full service for its customers, from initial concepts and designs right through to their installation and maintenance.
A key growth area in recent years has been in the renewables sector, offering green and energy-efficient systems including biomass boilers, solar panels and energy efficient lighting.
And it aims to grow further this year, increasing its workforce and sales by a further 10% this year as it targets more SMEs and large corporations across the UK.
Service director Neil Henry said: “Green energy has become increasingly popular over recent years and many of our clients have made the move to become more energy efficient.
“I believe that our wide offering of green solutions, in addition to the ability to provide all services from start to finish, has been a key factor to our success.”
Incorporated in 2003, the firm was originally based in Sunderland but in 2009 it moved to larger, 5,000 sq ft premises in Boldon to accommodate its increasing workforce.
In 2010, the company was able to expand its services after acquiring Coolrite Refrigeration Ltd, a commercial refrigeration company.
That same year the firm also opened a dedicated ductwork manufacturing and fabrication facility in Washington.
Projects director Paul Smith added: “We’ve had a fantastic ten years and are very excited for what the future has to bring.
“Although we work in all areas of the UK, we are based in the North East and are very passionate about the region and creating jobs.”