Growing Hartlepool business could create 50 new jobs

GROWING: Darren Sutherland and Robert Moore, of Utility Alliance.

GROWING: Darren Sutherland and Robert Moore, of Utility Alliance.

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UP to 50 new jobs could be on the way to Hartlepool under a business duo’s exciting investment plans.

Company partners Rob Moore, 36, and Darren Sutherland, 52, have set up Utility Alliance in Hartlepool.

I am Hartlepool born and bred and I have seen the town come back from high unemployment to starting to pick itself up again. The town’s growth is amazing and I want to be a part of it.

Rob Moore, Utility Alliance

The firm, which is based within Hub Two of the Innovation Centre on the Queens Meadow Business Park, is a consultation company which helps other businesses look at their energy use.

It then helps businesses to cut their energy bills and find the best tariffs.

Although the pair have only just set up Utility Alliance, their business model has predicted they will take on two senior staff and 16 apprentices by the end of this year, and grow to up to 50 workers by year two.

Rob, from Hartlepool, and Darren, from Blackhall and originally Watford, worked in the same team in a similar line of business.

But then, they decided to team up and set up their own firm.

Rob said: “I am Hartlepool born and bred and I have seen the town come back from high unemployment to starting to pick itself up again.

“The town’s growth is amazing and I want to be a part of it.”

He said Utility Alliance was a brokerage service similar to a comparison site which would search the UK and Europe for the most competitive energy deals for companies. It also helps companies lower their carbon footprint.

The firm’s plans are to recruit apprentices as energy consultants within the first year. “They will be trained on products to help reduce energy budgets for businesses,” said Rob.

“We do a full energy audit and we identify where energy is being wasted.

“We come up with products to show how to be able to reduce outages.”

The company partners say they have a full business model on how they want their firm to progress, based on their previous experience in the industry.

And once the firm starts to expand, Rob expects numbers of staff to increase to up to 50 when the need comes to employ administration workers, office staff, more consultants and a secretary.

Rob added: “The market is very unsaturated and 85 per cent of businesses do not use an energy consultant at the moment. There is a big gap in the market that needs to be utilised.”