South Shields firm Utilitywise creates 150 new jobs

The South Shields-based firm, which currently helps around 15,000 customers reduce their electricity, gas and water bills, said the vacancies include energy consultant and team manager roles

South Shields-based energy and utilities consultancy Utilitywise
South Shields-based energy and utilities consultancy Utilitywise

Energy consultancy Utilitywise has announced the search for 150 new employees for its South Tyneside headquarters in a major jobs boost for the region’s economy.

The South Shields-based firm, which currently helps around 15,000 customers reduce their electricity, gas and water bills, said the vacancies include energy consultant and team manager roles.

The new posts will also include roles for French and German speakers, to work closely with Utilitywise’s growing portfolio of continental clients.

Utilitywise’s announcement comes weeks after the company, which had a workforce of 600 before the new announcement, acquired rival EIC for £15.5m, and in April the firm also bought out water consultancy specialists Aqua Veritas.

Claire Waterson, director of people & HR at Utilitywise, said: “Recent acquisitions have made Utilitywise one of the biggest players in its industry and we are now looking to bring in more talent to help us grow even further.

“We have ambitious growth plans, based on organic as well as acquisitive growth, and we now have a vast amount of energy management and utilities expertise at our disposal.

“We know that our success in recent years has been due to the exceptional people we have working here and we are keen to add to these numbers with a rapid recruitment programme.

“We want people to build careers at Utilitywise and there are numerous opportunities for ambitious and talented people to progress.”

Last month’s acquisition of Redditch-based EIC allows the firm to expand its expertise, having previously centred on aiding small and medium enterprises, with EIC well-established within the larger, industrial and commercial enterprise markets.

The resulting deal creates one of the largest energy procurement and energy consultancy firms in the UK, widening buying options for clients the firm’s product offering, an will also see revenues greatly increase.

In April the firm saw sales reach £10.2m in six months to the end of January, up from £7.3m in the last half of 2012m.

Pre-tax profits of £2.1m were also reported, amid heavy investment in new premises, energy consumption management products, services and staff.

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