Energy management firm is going strong

Business Profile - Orchard Energy Ltd, Elland.
Business Profile - Orchard Energy Ltd, Elland.

A Calderdale business that helps firms adopt leaner practices is continuing to enjoying strong growth.

The Orchard Group, which comprises of energy management consultancy Orchard Energy, waste management firm Orchard Environmental and IT support and cloud computing business Orchard Networks, recently moved its UK headquarters to a former restaurant building on Park Road, Elland, after outgrowing its offices in Brighouse.

Group MD Gareth Henderson said each division had been set up to target a key area of corporate expenditure and demand had risen significantly since the recession first hit in 2008 as businesses looked for new ways to cut costs.

Mr Henderson launched his first business Orchard Energy in 2004 and has expanded nationally opening offices in Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow, Bristol and Cardiff. With Orchard Environmental now well established along the M62 corridor he will be gradually rolling out waste management services in each UK region.

“Businesses are accustomed to seeking advice on energy purchasing and efficiency and we are keen to show them that a one stop service for waste and recycling can help them negotiate better prices with suppliers and streamline administration, which has become a real burden due to increasing waste and packaging regulations.”

Orchard Environmental is headed up by Justin Holley who believes businesses will shop around for energy prices but are unaware that the same can be done for waste and recycling.

The Orchard Group’s technology arm, Orchard Networks, is led by 36-year-old technical director Neil Ewing who is spreading the word in the business community about the benefits of strategic system planning and the costs associated with data loss.

Based at group headquarters in Elland, Orchard Networks has clients nationwide and is following the fast growth pattern of its sister companies.

As the Orchard Group grows regionally and nationally Mr Henderson insists that its heart remains in Calderdale.

“The head count at head office in Elland will continue to rise and we are heavily committed to staff training and development.”