Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Couple Expanding on Their Bright I-Dea

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Couple Expanding on Their Bright I-Dea

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AN energy assessment company is expanding its team to help meet demand after a recent upturn in demand for its services.

Husband and wife Alun and Angelina Bell are confident their Darlington company i-dea can help further boost their growing client base as the housing market recovers.

They launched the business two years ago to produce energy performance certificates (EPCs) and home information packs (HIPs). Angelina wanted to start her own business after working in a management role at property developers, and Alun had run his own joinery business for years and wanted to try something new.

She said: "I wanted to set up my own business. I had got to the stage where I felt I had a lot of ideas and worked hard and I wanted to reap the benefits."

Mrs Bell went back to college to get new management qualifications and says the delays in the Government launching HIPs only gave her more time to develop the business plan and make contacts.

And now they are taking on Yvonne Birkbeck as an energy assessor, who will work from a new energy-efficient smart car. …

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