Savings will help keep Harveys ahead of game

Harveys of Halifax's Roger Harvey (left) and Orchad Energy's Dru Widdowson

Harveys of Halifax's Roger Harvey (left) and Orchad Energy's Dru Widdowson

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One of Yorkshire’s longest-established family-run businesses is cutting its energy bills to help ensure its Halifax town centre store remains a premier shopping experience .

Harveys of Halifax is working with Elland-based energy management consultancy Orchard Energy to reduce its gas and electricty costs, the latest investment in its high street future after 60 years of trading here.

Harveys chairman Roger Harvey said it formerly used an energy buying group but that process had now become complex and unpredictable.

Third generation of the family to take the helm of the company, founded in Dewsbury in 1920, Mr Harvey said: “We are four times larger now than when we started and that growth is continuing.

“We may be an established business but we are constantly changing and moving forward and as long as we do that and maintain excellent customer service people will keep coming here to shop.”

He believes Harveys has a strong future if stores dedicated themselves to customer service and experience whilst taking a firm line on cost control. “I believe 100 per cent in the future of the high street – online retail has its place but nothing compares to a high quality shopping experience in store,” he said.

Dru Widdowson of Orchard Energy, said the cost of maintaining a high street presence was a major challenge for the retail sector.

“Putting measures in place to ensure energy is purchased more proactively and effectively is one way retailers can keep control of their costs.”

Energy is usually the second largest overhead for a retailer and unpredictable prices can pose problems. “Harveys is doing an excellent job of differentiating itself on the high street and a comprehensive management strategy will help the business keep costs to a minimum,” said Mr Widdowson.