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Michael Abbott, chief executive of the Inenco Group
Michael Abbott, chief executive of the Inenco Group
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Representatives of some leading national companies attended the launch of Lytham-based energy group Inenco’s new forum to help retailers reduce their energy bills and cut their carbon footprints.

The Retail Utilities Forum was launched at an event at the company’s Ballam Road headquarters and key topics included energy procurement and retailers working in partnership to cut energy costs.

Fashion and homeware retailer Matalan gave an insight into its work, which has led to more than £2 million of annual savings, while Mervyn Bowden, former head of energy at Marks and Spencer, shared his experience of the pioneering work carried out by the high street giant which led to major cost savings and a reduction in its carbon footprint.

Other companies attending included Sainsbury’s, Dunelm, Tesco, Dixons and Lloyd’s Bank.

Inenco Group chief executive Michael Abbott said the Energy Reduction Day was just the start of the work of its new Retail Utilities Forum.

He said: “Controlling energy bills and having workable carbon reduction programmes are vitally important to all retailers and remain a big challenge. By sharing best practice and talking about real issues, major retailers can learn from each other.

“Our expert teams are also part of the process, sharing their knowledge and experience.”

Inenco now plans to organise an on-line seminar to present the ideas and share the knowledge with retail groups that couldn’t make the initial forum meeting.

Mr Abbott added: “This is just the start of the journey for the forum, we’re looking to really build on this initial event and to continue to attract keynote speakers and companies that have something to say and share with their peers.”