COMMERCIAL gas supplier CNG has taken on a raft of new recruits as it reports rising demand for its services, boosted by public dissatisfaction in the Big Six energy suppliers.
The Harrogate-based company, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this month, recorded a turnover of £150m last year and expects the figure to hit around £180m this year, up 20 per cent, with a target of £220m for the year after.
CNG supplies commercial natural gas to businesses, from family firms to blue chip corporations, across sectors including retail, leisure and hospitality.
But it also provides technical services to independent gas providers such as Ovo Energy.
Chris England, operations director at CNG, said: “I think that people are looking around a lot more rather than just staying with the Big Six.
“They are realising there are others out there who can do a good job for them as well. People shop around a lot more than they used to.”
Mr England added: “We have got a good name with our agents and brokers so when they suggest going to somebody outside the Big Six like ourselves people are willing to give us a chance.”
He added that smaller independent suppliers such as Ovo Energy have been “growing nicely”, which has also contributed to CNG’s growth.
Ovo Energy is among a number of smaller energy providers to have benefited from a move by consumers in the last few months away from larger groups such as the Big Six following public outrage at energy price rises.