Manchester business set to give away free Energy Management System to a North West SME

Posted on 31 Aug 2022 by The Manufacturer

Manchester-based Pilot Group has launched a competition that will see a North West SME win an Energy Management System which could help it save 40% on its energy bills. 

The sustainability expert has announced that it will give away a free Energy Management System (EMS) worth up to £15,000 to a local business, helping them to tackle the upcoming and unprecedented rising energy bills. 

The competition is now live and will run until 23 September 2022, with entrants encouraged to enter via

Pilot Group is committed to supporting organisations to meet their carbon reduction and cost-saving targets. 

The North West-based business has decided to donate the product to support businesses across the region who are facing a sharp rise in gas and energy bills that shows little sign of slowing down. 

It is estimated that the last three months of 2021 and the first quarter of 2022 saw average gas bills climb more than 250 percent.  

Believing North West SMEs play a crucial role in supporting the British economy, Pilot Group has set itself a target of helping these businesses to reduce their gas consumption by 12,000,000 kWH in the next 12 months. 

This would save approximately £1.26m for local businesses off their gas bills and provide a carbon footprint reduction of 2,200 tonnes.  

Through its core business areas, Pilot Group provides future-proofed infrastructure solutions for energy management, intelligent transport systems and electric vehicle charging.   

Pilot Group hopes that its EMS will help a North West business rise to the challenges which are presented by the currently volatile energy market. 

Archie MacPherson, Pilot Group Managing Director, said: “The current state of the energy market has put additional financial pressures on businesses at an already tough time.   

“We are proud to be a North West-based business and wouldn’t want to see an SME struggling to survive in these trying times. So, we have decided to give one of our systems away completely free of charge, from the equipment through to the installation.” 

Shayne Wilson, Head of EMS Sales at Pilot Group, said: “Following numerous conversations with businesses Pilot Group recognised that some SMEs are seeing energy bills escalating through no fault of their own, putting financial strain and pressure on their operations. 

“With SMEs being the beating heart of the British economy, and those in the North West a significant contributor to it, we want to make sure they can manage the burden of these bills and that is why we have launched this competition.” 

Pilot Group’s EMS represents a significant return on investment, particularly for those using warm air blowers and plaque heaters to heat a large warehouse space. 

Designed to control and monitor energy systems, the EMS uses smart sensors and a self-learning algorithm to enable heating systems to work more efficiently, reducing waste. Its user-friendly portal can be accessed remotely from any location or device with an internet connection, empowering users to monitor multiple sites and make significant carbon savings. 

To be eligible to enter the competition, you must be a small or medium sized business based in the North West.  

To enter the competition visit:

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