Energy minister Greg Barker visits Hindley Green
2:50pm Friday 22nd February 2013 in North West
ENERGY Minister Greg Barker visited Hindley Green last week for the launch of the Green Deal project, which aims to cut household running costs and boost small businesses.
The Green Deal Consortia links small businesses to funders so that they can carry out energy efficiency works for householders, small businesses, green deal providers, utility companies and other backers.
The ultimate aim is to create new jobs and promote growth on a local, regional and national basis. At last Thursday’s event Mr Barker said the work of the Green Deal Consortia’s executive director Phyllis Prior-Boardman was ‘pioneering’.
He added it was something that will help drive down the cost of energy efficient home improvement.
Phyllis Prior-Boardman said: “The Green Deal Consortia is all about commitment and enthusiasm and today we wanted to showcase this enthusiasm by getting together all the organisations and individuals who are working together to deliver the Green Deal across Wigan and Leigh.
“It has been fantastic to get the minister to my home town of Wigan, which is where my vision for providing a simple, affordable route for businesses – from the sole trader to small enterprises and large companies – to access Green Deal funded work began.
“We now want to hear from local tradespeople and businesses who can deliver work that meets the Green Deal criteria because we can help them get a fair share of the green growth markets.”
Following the launch, the minister visited Golborne where Wigan Council is installing external wall insulation to council and privately-owned homes.
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