Leading renewable energy developer and consultancy secures award worth £10,000 to help progress pioneering technology solutions
Machynlleth, 23 February 2017 – Dulas, a leading renewable energy engineering and consultancy firm, has been awarded a grant by the Royal Academy of Engineering’s Enterprise Hub. The grant, worth £10,000 and awarded under the Hub’s SME Leaders Programme, will be used to provide leadership training and development to senior management, which will help to boost innovation across the company’s research and development division.
Founded in 1982, Dulas delivers renewable energy solutions to businesses, landowners and charities. Dulas operates in all corners of the renewables space, whether it be engineering solar-powered vaccine refrigerators to fight polio in Nigeria, working on hydro dams in Austria, or launching its own met mast verification service.
A worker-owned co-operative, Dulas is now looking to refocus its commercial engineering activities towards project optimisation, niche and innovative projects.
The Royal Academy of Engineering’s SME Leaders Programme was developed to support the most promising leaders of high-growth engineering SMEs in the UK. Successful applicants receive executive training courses, master classes and workshops delivered by senior business leaders, an experienced personal mentor from the Academy’s Fellowship and membership of the Academy’s Enterprise Hub.
The grant will allow Dulas to build on its strong heritage in delivering innovative engineering solutions to the renewable energy market, and strengthen the leadership credentials of its senior engineering team.
In addition, the award will contribute to the expansion and enhancement of Dulas’ successful trainee programme – from which many trainees have progressed to senior engineer roles within the business.
“Starting up any business is demanding, and rapid company growth can come with a whole new set of challenges. Developing the leadership capabilities of fast-growing engineering SMEs to help overcome these challenges is vital,” said Catherine Lawrence, Programme Manager for the Enterprise Hub at the Royal Academy of Engineering. “The expertise and mentorship of the Academy’s Fellowship has already helped 61 Hub Members start and scale up their businesses, creating 150 jobs and raising over £30 million in follow-on funding, since its inception in 2013. Dulas’ focus and growth ambitions to develop renewables across the UK and further afield make its senior team worthy recipients of our SME Leaders Programme Award; we can’t wait to see what they’ll achieve in the future.”
“We’re delighted to have been recognised by the Royal Academy of Engineering for our team’s potential to deliver renewable technology solutions,” commented Phil Horton, Managing Director, Dulas. “Renewable energy and the technology that underlies it is rapidly becoming more and more mainstream, despite the market still being highly sensitive to political and economic forces.
“This award will allow Dulas to strengthen the leadership skills and abilities of our senior team, helping to ensure that we remain at the forefront of renewable energy development for many years to come.”