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Award-winning Yorkshire bakery makes cost savings on energy to ensure future growth

13 November 2015

An award-winning Yorkshire bakery has made significant cost savings on its energy bills with the help of fellow Yorkshire business energy management specialist, Orchard Energy.

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Recently voted the North and Yorkshire’s ‘most loved’ bakery by customers, Brook Bakery is now able to invest the money saved back into the business to ensure future growth.
Orchard Energy, based in Elland, West Yorkshire, specialises in helping businesses save money through proactive energy management. By carrying out audits on their energy usage, gas and electricity, Orchard’s team of specialists can identify areas where clients are overspending, make recommendations on how to reduce future energy bills and consumption, as well as implement the work that needs to be carried out.
Sheffield-based Brook Bakery is a family-run business which originally started out as a local shop selling bakery produce. The company moved to a 22,000 sq ft industrial unit in 2005, investing in the brand new, purpose-built bakery facility in Wincobank. The company is renowned for its impeccable customer service and quality produce and supplies businesses across Sheffield, Rotherham and Barnsley and the surrounding areas. It has even supplied bespoke items to BA at Gatwick Airport. 

Orchard Energy analysed Brook Bakery’s energy usage and found it was paying a considerable amount for its tunnel oven at the facility which was using a large amount of gas. Orchard has helped the company make a number of savings which has made a significant difference to the company as it continues to expand and invest in future growth plans. 
John Ames, managing director at Brook Bakery said: “We chose Orchard Energy because they offer a friendly and professional service. Their energy consultant took the time to listen and learn about our business which was really important to us. The energy market is always changing, and with this in mind, Orchard conduct regular site visits to help us to secure the best possible prices at the time, enabling us to budget for energy costs. Since Orchard came on board we have made significant positive changes to the way we operate and have become more efficient.
“The bakery facility uses the most energy and Orchard identified that our tunnel oven was using a phenomenal amount of gas. They worked with us to secure the best deal and this has led to a cost saving of 7% on the contracts we have most recently signed with Orchard. Due to the savings gained, we have been able to update our delivery vehicles, employ four new members of staff and open a new shop also employing a further five people.”
Amar Hussain, commercial director at Orchard Energy said: “We have been working with Brook Bakery for a number of years and have reduced their overall energy spend significantly by around 25%, alongside effectively managing their various different sites. 

“At Orchard we strive to secure the best rates for our customers and are really pleased that this has led to positive change for Brook Bakery.”

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