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People’s Energy expands operations, opening new office in Scottish Borders

Selkirk in the Borders region of Scotland. Image: Walter Baxter.

Selkirk in the Borders region of Scotland. Image: Walter Baxter.

Edinburgh-based supplier People’s Energy is expanding its operations, opening a new office in Selkirk.

The company has joined the South of Scotland Enterprise as new tenants of Ettrick Riverside Office Space, taking over the space that was previously used by OVO Energy.

Over the next eighteen months, the expansion will create 100 jobs in the Borders region of Scotland.

Professor Russel Griggs OBE, the chair of South of Scotland Enterprise, said the potential for new jobs was “fantastic news for the community”.

“As we start to move through the route-map out of the COVID-19 crisis, the creation of job opportunities for local people will be an invaluable contribution in rebuilding our communities and businesses.”

He added his personal welcome to the company, and says he is looking forward to working closely with them.

People’s Energy was set up three years ago by husband and wife Karin Sode and David Pike. It provides gas and 100% renewable electricity to UK domestic and SME customers, and targets a 75% return of its profits for members.

Pike said they were “really excited” for the next step in their journey “towards eradicating fuel poverty in the UK".

“We’re especially pleased to be creating local employment during the current health and economic crisis, when so many jobs are being lost. From small beginnings three years ago, we’re now a rapidly growing gas and electricity supplier with a purpose, serving 180,000 customers across the UK.

"Looking to expand our operations, we were thrilled to be offered high-quality business space in Selkirk in addition to our existing offices in Shawfair, Edinburgh and Musselburgh."

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