Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Innovation Makes a Difference for Gentoo; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Innovation Makes a Difference for Gentoo; ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE

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IT has been all systems go for people, planet and property business Gentoo Group in 2011. With innovation as a key driver, it is hoped that fresh ideas and entry into new markets will aide progression for the Group for many more years to come.

This year has seen some huge challenges for Gentoo, a mix of both good and bad news. But using this change as a vehicle for success has been key and the Group's hard work is starting to pay off.

Combining expertise Gentoo purchased County Durhambased glass specialist Romag, a leading glass processor, specialising in solar photovoltaic (PV), architectural, security and transport glass, at the beginning of 2011.

With many synergies between Gentoo and Romag, Phil Murray, Romag's newly appointed managing director, explains the acquisition: "Gentoo is a multi-faceted organisation which has strong green credentials and has two subsidiary companies involved in development and construction.

"We simply felt that this was too good an opportunity to miss."

Working together and making the most of their combined experience, Gentoo and Romag are now able to offer a tailor-made renewable energy service, utilising Gentoo's experienced in-house MCS-accredited install teams and Romag's highquality PV products.

A home for Christmas The recently launched Genie has been a great success for Gentoo and the end of November has seen its first move in, all in time for Christmas.

Gareth and Kaye Gardiner received the keys to their new home at Gentoo's Beckwith Green development. The couple were struggling to get on to the property ladder as their monthly rental charge left them with very little spare cash to save.

Mrs Gardiner said: "The whole process has been very quick and simple. We weren't asked to do anything complicated or spend hours filling out forms, which was great. We never thought we would be able to get on to the property ladder because of the need for a large deposit, but we're over the moon with our new home. …

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