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Green fatigue may slow Evolve’s growth

Parke started Evolve four years ago after working in a similar capacity in Canada and the company now has 175 (and counting) employees. Turnover this year is likely to come in just below £30m.

Parke says: “We concentrate on giving the client a fully outsourced energy management service. We see people doing individual pieces of that but my expectation is we’ll start to see direct competition in the not-too-distant future.

To keep ahead of the pack, Parke expects to add extra services that deal with carbon emissions trading and offsetting, as well as tying in with additional renewable energy systems (although not wind or solar power at the moment).

The key focus is currently organic growth but Parke is concerned growth may be impinged by over-saturation of environmental issues. He says: “People are being confronted by environmental issues. There’s almost too much coverage, they’re overwhelmed by it and are almost becoming a bit jaded. That’s one of the dangers we’ve got.”

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