Safestyle to create 200 new jobs
7th August 2020
After successfully lobbying the Government for clarity on the new Green Homes Grant scheme with help from local MPs and other double glazing firms, Safestyle UK is delighted to announce that we are to take on 200 new employees to cope with a surge in demand.
The Government had announced that homeowners in England would be able to apply for grants of up to £10,000 to install energy efficiency improvements. The project is part of the Government’s green recovery from the pandemic with hopes that the scheme will create 100,000 construction jobs.
When the Government scheme was announced, the industry suffered a 30 per cent drop in double glazing in a fortnight as customers were forced to wait to see if they were eligible for the Green Homes Grant. Following efforts from interested parties in the industry, the Government has confirmed it will not apply to replacing existing double glazing.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Post, CEO Mike Gallacher said "A lot of customers were confused. It caused an immediate halt in the market and it impacted our growth. We had been growing."
"Much of our industry was impacted very heavily. There are a lot of small to medium sized double glazers across Yorkshire. Customers cancelled and put their purchases on hold."
"It was good to see the industry and industry associations come together."
"The decision has allowed the industry to say to customers you can progress. For us, it's confirmed our ability to go ahead and recruit 200 people."
In recent months many homeowners have decided to invest their money in their homes instead of holidays, meals out or shopping for new clothes.
"Our people are wearing PPE and customers are being very welcoming in their homes," he said.
"We will have around 2,000 people after our employment drive. We are looking for people in our call centres, processing in Bradford and factory installation, so it's across the board."