Sunny outlook for renewable energy at Stairways Midlands

Sunny outlook for renewable energy at Stairways Midlands

The benefits of working more efficiently and reducing the impact on the environment are many. Looking at the big picture, all industries should be investigating how they can cut waste, reduce energy use and rethink processes to minimise our effect on nature.

Stairways Midlands has been an early adopter in this respect. Following our substantial investment in biomass boilers, seven years ago we installed solar panels at our Southam plant.

This represented a £110,000 investment in renewable energy, with a total of 336, 235-Watt panels, creating 78kW of energy. This allowed the organisation to create energy to offset electricity costs. Any surplus could be sold back to the National Grid to help increase the portion of total energy in the UK created from renewable sources.

Neil Stevens, Joint Managing Director at Stairways Midlands, said: “Fuel costs for powering offices and industrial units are perhaps the second biggest overhead for an organisation, so there are clear commercial benefits to looking at how to reduce these. However, doing it in the right way is important, which is why we went down the route of solar panels.

“Once they were up and running, this helped cut our fuel bill by about £2,000 a month at this one site alone.”

“It has helped us reduce our reliance on the grid, which is good for the environment. It also helps reduce our overhead costs, which is good for us and for the customers. It helps to keep our prices competitive.”

Having seen the solar panels at Southam have an immediate impact – and with projections suggesting they will have paid for themselves completely in another four years – Stairways Midlands is now considering another investment in green energy, this time at its Walsall base.

Neil added: “We continue to review all available renewal energy options, for installation across the company’s sites. Nothing has been decided yet, but our investment in green energy will continue. The reality with solar panels is that they only work when it’s sunny – and there is precious little of that in the UK at the moment!”

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Stairways, founded in 1989, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft production capacity. Stairways goal is to raise their profile and brand awareness to become known throughout the industry as the UK’s leading staircase and door solution provider.

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Commitment

As a highly reputable firm within the industry, Stairways are dedicated to meeting their client’s product and application requirements. All materials used are manufactured to the highest quality and meet the relevant standards achieving ISO9001, FSC®, and various product certifications, whilst their staircases and door solutions are manufactured with compliance to UK building regulations & legislative standards in mind. Using the knowledge, passion, and experience acquired across all team members over the past thirty years, Stairways aim to continue to be the best in what they do.

THE FUTURE

Stairways are continuously looking for opportunities to improve and expand their service offering; this includes the investment in new machinery to further enhance and innovate the manufacturing process, with the aim to shorten lead times and increase overall in-house capacity. The changes Stairways employ are always focused upon improving the customer experience, to ensure their process remains as efficient as possible from start to finish.

THE HISTORY

Privately owned and managed since it was founded in 1989, Stairways has grown to become one of the UK’s largest manufacturers of carpentry and joinery products. Starting as a small staircase manufacturer, Stairways now boast three state-of-art facilities that offer over 85,000 sq ft of bespoke and mass production capacity.

RESIDENTIAL

Stairways are passionate about helping national and regional housebuilders, architects and contractors complete large-scale project requirements within the residential sector. Stairways quality timber staircases and door solutions are often specified due to their functionality, flexibility and ease of installation, whilst offering peace of mind compliance.

STUDENT ACCOMMODATION

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic student accommodation. Their vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions for a wide range of projects ensures that they consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Leisure

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specifications, and performance requirements.

Education

Choose from Stairways variety of opening systems within the Eco-Mercial range to best assist with functionality and performance requirements. Our vast experience with producing high-quality door solutions and staircases for a wide range of projects ensures that we consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification and performance requirements.

Commercial

Stairways provide innovative design and finishing solutions to architects, specifiers and contractors. Our FSC® accredited range of door solution and staircase products are ideally suited for heavy-duty applications within the commercial sector.

Hotels

Stairways are one of the leading manufacturers of doors, door sets, and door solutions. Their door solutions for hotels and leisure facilities meet and exceed all the relevant safety and performance requirements, whilst achieving the relevant aesthetics in keeping with the building design.

Medical

Stairways are the perfect supplier of FSC® accredited range of door solutions. Offering a range of door and frame finishes, acoustic, fire and smoke resistant configurations that are ideally suited for heavy traffic medical facilities. Their vast experience with producing high volume, high-quality door solutions that consistently meet and exceed expected timescales, specification, and performance requirements.