We spoke to Michael Dodds, owner of Primrose Windows, about downsizing after an important business decision and what energy means for his business now.

Tell us about your business and what you do?

My business is Primrose Windows. We supply and install PVCu products. I’ve been running the business for 19 years now and have always been with British Gas. We only use electricity and don’t have a gas contract.

How important is energy to your business and what’s your main use of energy?

We don’t manufacture products anymore so our energy use is a lot lower. Therefore, it’s not as important as it once was.

When did you relocate your business and what prompted that decision? How long after the decision was made, did you actually move?

We moved last year after we took the decision to stop manufacturing. We downsized the amount of space we used and moved around 20 yards away!

When choosing your new premises, did you consider how energy efficient it was? Or how you could cut your energy costs?

Because we use so little energy now, it wasn’t something we considered.

How did you find the relocation experience as a whole?

Even though we only moved a small distance, moving isn’t a pleasant experience.

Was there anything you found particularly hard to do?

The worst part was moving the internet and telephone. We had some issues with the provider.

Specifically, how did you find moving your energy supply to your new premises?

Seamless and easy.

What is the one bit of advice you’d give to other businesses planning to relocate to new premises?

Just be super organised. This is the second time we’ve done it and experience is everything. This time it was a doddle, apart from the internet/phone.

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