United Downs Company wins top regional award.
Clear-flow Ltd recently fought national competitors to pick up a top award at the South West Water Pure Vision Awards 2014.
Picking up the award for Environmental Supplier of the year marked yet another milestone for this growing waste management company. Mark Marriott, Finance Manager at Clear-flow Ltd said: ‘Everyone at Clear-flow Ltd is immensely proud that we have been recognised by SWW for our work in the Environmental category.’
With the rapid expansion of the company since investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to build a new headquarters in United Downs, the company has been able to look into innovative solutions to enable it to win large contracts throughout the South West.
Mark went onto say: ‘Our jobs vary from commercial to residential customers, all with unique reasons for calling us out, so every member of our team works hard to make sure we can do everything for them whilst we carry out our job in a clean and efficient way.’
With approx. 91 staff and a 70 vehicle fleet on the road attending to septic tank emptying, drainage and liquid waste services in Cornwall and Devon, the company has expanded its services to include the latest technological advances to win new contracts from national suppliers.
The innovation was also aided by a BIG (Business Investment for Growth) ERDF grant where Clear-flow Ltd worked with the team from The Cornwall Development Company to purchase equipment to rehabilitate collapsed drains, which is often a problem due to the age of drains in Cornwall. This investment was rewarded when South West Water recently contracted Clear-flow to be their main contractor in Cornwall, to deal with blockages in small diameter sewers in customers properties, work again won from a national tendering process.
Chris Pomfret, Chair of the LEP and Deputy Chair of the Convergence Local Management Committee, which steers the Convergence programme said: ‘Clear-flow Ltd is a prime example of a local company feeling the confidence to tender for contracts outside of Cornwall, and essentially win them with their strong work ethic. The European investment has done its job, allowing this company to take the next steps in expansion, innovation and job security to become a specialist employer in Cornwall.’
Clear-flow Ltd moved into its new building, which was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund, in 2011.
Both the gap funding scheme which supported the new building and the Business Investment for Growth (BIG) scheme are financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
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The BIG scheme is managed by the Cornwall Development Company, the arm’s length economic development company of Cornwall Council.
For more information visit www.erdfconvergence.org.uk
Thursday 17 April 2014