Case Study

Stovax & Gazco

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South West Business Council (SWBC) worked with leading manufacturer Stovax & Gazco to support them with their move to new premises at the Skypark business park in Exeter.

Stovax & Gazco, a UK-leading manufacturer of stoves, fires, and fireplaces, export to over 25 countries around the world. The firm had seen a strong period of growth, and were looking to expand to larger premises to support their operations.

As a Gold member of SWBC, Stovax & Gazco were assisted with local authority negotiations to facilitate the move and the build of the new facilities. SWBC also provided support with discussions surrounding green travel and transport provisions at the Skypark, helping to make sure their move was in-line with the company’s sustainability values.

The new state-of-the-art, purpose-built facilities will allow Stovax & Gazco to continue to build upon their market-leading position as they grow. As a leader in green fuel technology, Stovax & Gazco have also been heavily involved with BEIS’ Hy4Heat project, whose mission is to establish whether it is possible, safe and convenient to replace natural gas (methane) with hydrogen in residential buildings and gas appliances.

SWBC are also assisting in a key research and development project, using green fuel technology, which will be instrumental in securing the long-term viability of the business moving forwards.

Paul Swan, Group Finance Director at Stovax & Gazco, said: “The support from South West Business Council has been crucial in making our move to the Skypark as smooth as possible. From assisting with proposals and negotiations, to helping with the move itself, the council were there to support us at every stage of the process, really demonstrating the value of our Gold membership with them.

“We are looking forward to continuing to grow our business and develop our innovative green fuel technology at the new facilities.”

SWBC works with a range of organisations across the region, providing a platform for local businesses to access support, connect with peers, and address opportunities and challenges.

Paul continued: “The ongoing support we have received as a member of the South West Business Council has been imperative during the pandemic. We have been able to connect with other like-minded businesses to discover best practises for managing the crisis, and bounce ideas off of other business leaders, helping us to provide the clearest guidance and logistics for our 300+ employees.”

Paul Coles, CEO of the South West Business Council, said: “We are delighted to support Stovax & Gazco as they move to their new premises in Exeter following their recent growth. Supporting our members with issues and challenges they come up against, and helping them to realise opportunities for growth, is a key part of our aim to deliver sustainable economic growth and innovation for the region.”

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