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Front left to right: Chairman, Moray Martin and Tim Cantle-Jones. Back left to right: Company secretary, Catherine Armstrong and operations director, Neil Kirkby, all from Blue Square Utilities.
Rebecca Wayman

Newcastle smart meter firm bags £500k investment and job creation

Newcastle-based Blue Square Utilities has secured an investment of £500k from a consortium of private investors led by Scottish Angel investor network, TRICAPITAL.

The business currently employs 65 smart meter engineers working across the North of England on three utility contracts.

The company’s planned growth over the next two years is in line with the UK government’s ‘Smart Meter Rollout’.

Tim Cantle-Jones, CEO of Blue Square Utilities, said: “With the support of investors, we have been able to secure contracts and recruit a skilled workforce, with a view to achieving sustained profitable growth.

“The smart meter roll out represents a huge opportunity for a business such as ours to become established as a key national player in the energy infrastructure sector.”

Blue Square will be expanding its installs across the UK, subsequently building a workforce of over 300 engineers including 100 apprenticeships.

The ‘Smart Meter Rollout’ is a nation-wide initiative to install approximately 53 million smart meters in over 30 million residential and commercial premises across the UK by the end of 2020.

The rollout is part of the government’s campaign to improve the management of energy across Scotland, England and Wales.

Jamie Andrew, chairman of TRICAPITAL Ltd, added: “We are delighted to have led this investment round to provide the funding to underpin Blue Square’s growth ambitions.

“We have been impressed with Tim Cantle-Jones’s vision for the company and the benefits the company brings to the wider community through its smart meter installation service. We wish Tim and his team every success in executing his growth plan.”

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