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Here’s our EV charger evolution story. What’s yours?

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Story is the best way to show people your journey, whilst detailing your why…

Our story started 20 years ago when we opened a retail store selling printer cartridge refills. Yes even 20 years ago we were promoting sustainability and being environmentally friendly.

Loads has happened since then:

✔ We opened a network of cartridge refilling stores across East Lancashire

❌ Our retail business declined due to online and supermarket competition

❌ The master franchisor would not change the UK business model

❌ We nearly lost our house

❌ The mounting pressure caused a life changing illness

✔ We sought help – and employed a business coach

✔ Our plan was to fix unscrupulous supplier practises in the office technology industry

✔ Launched print & scan solutions on 30-day rolling agreements with a fixed price guarantee

✔ We use ‘fit for purpose’ refurbished equipment and install it for free. No upfront cost.

✔ Developed supply chains for over 30,000 office supply and stationery products

✔ Negotiated a financial settlement with the master franchisor to leave

✔ Closed all the retail stores and relocated to a simple operations centre

✔ Built an initiative-taking customer service driven team

✔ Completed our transformation into an ethical office technology and supplies company

✔ Looked to get involved with sustainable and environmentally aware industries

❌ Spotted a problem how EV chargers are installed – no specialist companies

✔ Created a specialist EV charger installation business with directly employed installers

✔ Building an initiative-taking customer service driven team

The story is set to continue….

Yes, it’s been a hell of a ride, full of peaks and troughs – the latest being Covid – as has been the case for countless organisations. It’s been a tough couple of years but having a great team helps.

The first lockdown gave us time to reflect on the journey so far and created a burning desire to write about our story – so hopefully – others can learn and be inspired to overcome obstacles.

It’s only part of the journey, and we have another two books lodged in the back of the brain. The first a pre-sequel (How Not to Run a Franchise) and the other the sequel (The Journeys Been Electric).

The first book, written as a fable (making it more fun to read) but based on true events and characters. It’s published on Amazon as a paperback or to listen on audible.

But money is not the driving factor, it’s so others can hopefully learn from our journey.

…so, you can download it for free here.


Alison Whitfield

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24 August 2022
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Electric Vehicle Homecharge Scheme

The scheme is currently open to applicants that:

  1. Rent their house or bungalow.
  2. Own or rent an apartment / flat.
  3. Are the landlord of a domestic rental property.
  4. Are a social housing provider.
  5. Has dedicated off-road parking at the property.
  6. Own or have ordered a qualifying vehicle.
  7. Have not previously claimed an OLEV grant.

Not sure if you are eligible?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.

Standard installation terms

  1. Fitting of an EV charger on a brick wall, or to another suitable permanent structure.
  2. Up to 10 metres of cable, run and neatly clipped to the wall between the electricity supply meter/distribution board and the charging unit.
  3. Supply meter/distribution board on the inside of an outside wall.
  4. Routing the cable through a drilled hole in a wall up to 500mm thick (if required).
  5. Fitting & testing of electrical connections & protections required for the EV charger.
  6. An additional three-way consumer unit (if required).
  7. Installation of a Type C MCB and a Type A RCD or a type A RCBO.
  8. No groundworks 

Not standard installation?

Contact us to discuss your individual requirements.