A WIGAN-BASED eco-friendly firm is to get a VIP visit to launch its national initiative.
Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker will meet members of The Green Deal Consortia on February 14 to help introduce its plans to stimulate the local economy in ways that benefit the environment.
The consortia is a national organisation headquartered at the Wigan Investment Centre which set up to work on the Green Deal Initiative, whose primary aim is to build a local, regional and national workforce of sole traders, small businesses and apprentices who can undertake work for the domestic and commercial market.
The traders, who are already established, will become fully accredited and certified to carry out energy efficient jobs, such as double glazing properties, or converting condensing boilers and insulating properties across the country,
Phyllis Prior-Boardman, executive director of Green Deal Consortia Ltd, recently returned from a visit to the USA to meet Julian Castro, Mayor of San Antonio, Texas, where issues surrounding the development of a more environmentally-sustainable economy both in the UK and the US were discussed.
She says she will be delighted to share her experiences with Mr Barker.
Mrs Prior-Boardman, who is an authority on environmental sustainability, said: “I am taking what I learnt from Mayor Castro and his team and placing a special focus on my home town where I am passionate about getting as many of our young people, traders and small businesses signed up to Green Deal.
“The government has sponsored the scheme to improve the UK’s existing building stock for domestic and non-domestic properties in a bid to address the rising fuel costs and carbon emissions.
“The Green Deal Consortia already has an extensive number of guaranteed work and the number just keeps on growing.
“We can pass these jobs on – but we need to get the workforce certified and accredited.
“That is what the Green Deal Consortia is tasked to do.
“So I am currently discussing various opportunities with local educational establishments and training providers so we can hit the ground running when the national Green Deal Initiative launches this month.
“We are stimulating the economy, passing on a huge share of Green Deal work by putting together the consortium for the benefit of Wigan and beyond.”
For more information on the Green Deal Consortia, call 08435 065285 or visit www.greendealconsortia.co.uk.