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York, East Riding, North Yorkshire

Case Study: Duncan Renewables

Published: September 2013

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Left to right: Martin Bell, RedSky Corporate Finance, Ian Atkinson, Finance Yorkshire Investment Manager and Mark Duncan, Duncan Renewables Managing Director.

The Company

York-based Duncan Renewables began life as a traditional plumbing business, run by Stuart Duncan. He was joined three years ago by brother Mark who left his corporate career after spotting the potential for the firm to expand into the installation of renewable energy systems.

The company has gone on to establish itself as a leading supplier of biomass and solar systems in the region, with several high profile commercial installations including Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate.

The Challenge

Duncan Renewables, which employs 40 staff, has also tripled its turnover - from less than £2million in its first trading year to more than £6million in the last financial year but needed investment to ensure it could continue to meet customer demand.

The Solution

Mark said: “HSBC and RedSky suggested Finance Yorkshire because it didn’t look like the traditional banking route was going to be appropriate for the business.”

Now the business is benefiting from a £150,000 business loan from Finance Yorkshire after the business was introduced to Finance Yorkshire by Martin Bell of RedSky.

Said Mark: “Working with Finance Yorkshire was incredibly quick and simple – from our first meeting when they came in to appraise us, through the application process, to the funding being cleared and in our account.

“The money has meant we can bulk purchase our Austrian-made boilers allowing us to meet the surging demand for our products.”

The Investment Rationale

Finance Yorkshire Investment Manager Ian Atkinson said: “The company has expanded rapidly under the Duncan Renewables brand to become a leading supplier of biomass systems and has an impressive range of installation projects in the pipeline.

“The loan will accelerate further expansion for this growing business and ensure it continues to meet demand and deliver.” 

Future Expectations

Added Mark: “We are already a leading supplier in our industry in Yorkshire and in five years I’d like to see us extending our services and broadening our reach even further across the north of England.

“New measures like the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive scheme - where the Government pays customers a subsidy for switching to non-fossil fuel-dependent energy methods - also mean we could potentially go on to double our turnover in the short-term.”

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