New Year, New Challenge

Is it just me or did the Christmas and New Year break seem to go on for ages? The end of December is always a difficult time of the year as everyone naturally slows down in anticipation to going away, spending time with family and generally having a few days off to relax. Getting things moving again after nearly 2 weeks off is also a challenge but we seem to be firing on all cylinders again now. I must admit I did enjoy having a short rest after what was a very busy 2012.

I always expected January to be a quiet month and it looks like I am going to be proved right. We have a couple of installs towards the back-end of the month and possibly a few foundations also to do but we are certainly nowhere near as busy as we were back in November. Managing workload is probably our biggest challenge at the moment and with this in mind we are investing in boosting our profile a bit to generate new business. We have booked a stand (85) at the Energy Expo Show which is on the 13th and 14th February in Telford. This should be a good trade show and always generates a lot of interest. We have never exhibited before but it should be a good opportunity to meet new clients whilst spending time with many of our existing customers – the majority of whom will also be there. If you are planning on going to Expo make sure you drop by and say hi to our team. You might also notice we are running a bit of PR in regional newspapers, trade magazines as well as supporting our local rugby club with a big advertising board at down at Malton and Norton RFU.

In terms of actual work, we are doing a fair amount of annual servicing as well as maintenance work across the UK at the moment. We responded to 5 maintenance call-outs which arose during the Christmas break and in each case we were able to repair the turbine and get it spinning again. This week we have been servicing in West Yorkshire and then today the guys are up in Scotland on a maintenance job. Generally, in the event of a maintenance issue we always aim to be on site within the first 24 hours and in most cases we are able to fix the problem there and then. With a wind turbine, time really is money meaning response time and carrying sufficient spare parts is critical.

Next week is looking like more of the same. We have 6 annual services to do, a couple of planned maintenance jobs and an electrical installation of a small turbine near Bradford. It could be a lot worse and as long as we can keep reasonably busy over the next 2 months I will be happy. New projects are already in the pipeline and should start rolling again in the next 6-8 weeks. I am still totally convinced in our business model of an independent service provider specialising in the sub 500kW wind sector and it is just a case of getting through this quiet patch (which the whole market is experiencing) and looking forward to a busy rest of the year.

Enjoy your weekend.


Alex ThorntonNew Year, New Challenge