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PROSPER MAGAZINE: ISSUE 01 | NEWS IN BRIEF

YOUNG CHAMBER WELCOMES KHALSA ACADEMY

The Khalsa Academy, the inclusive Sikh ethos school in Wolverhampton, has joined the Black Country Young Chamber thanks to sponsorship supplied by the city’s Grand Theatre.

The academy, which takes the holistic approach of developing the whole child and welcomes learners from all backgrounds, provides teaching on the Principles of Sikhi; beyond the individual, academic achievement and selflessness, and works under the guidance of its Principal, Anita Notta.

Vicky Price, Associate Director of Development and Communications, “The Grand have been working with Khalsa Academy over the last twelve months as part of the TNP project with the National Theatre. “We hope this relationship will continue for many years to come and I am delighted that the theatre can sponsor the Academy to become a Young Chamber member."

TECH EXPERT AWARDED OBE

Leading regional authority and influencer, Dr Pam Waddell has been recognised with an OBE for her contribution to innovation and supporting economic growth including the support she has given to the Innovation Alliance WM Steering Group.

Chief Executive of the Black Country Consortium, Sarah Middleton and current Chair of the Group said “Pam has made a huge impact across the West Midlands and has brought many organisations together which has brought technological advances and improved prosperity to the region.”

UTILITY MANAGEMENT SPECIALISTS TO EXPAND

Control Energy Costs (CEC), one of the UK’s leading specialists helping businesses to save money on water and energy costs by advising on consumption and energy strategies is setting up a new Yorkshire operation.

Through their work with hundreds of manufacturers across the country every year, CEC’s team of analysts work with local companies to address some of the crippling energy costs that are plaguing industrial growth.  It is an approach that is working, with more than 30 Yorkshire companies already signed up, receiving potential savings of over £500,000 to date.

The firm believes there is now a significant opportunity to support businesses coming out of 24-36 month contracts that are likely to face up to 50% cost increases due to the rising price of energy. CEC also offers them access to a purchasing collective that allows manufacturers - usually too small to take part - the opportunity to benefit from flexible purchasing and energy management. 

 “This investment in creating a dedicated team and hot-desking space is our way of proving our commitment to the region,” explained Liam Conway, Head of CEC. “Industry is our big focus and we have enjoyed a lot of success in the West Midlands and the South East, helping firms reduce their energy costs through careful planning, negotiating the best possible deals and smart energy management.”

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