50 new jobs as Healthcare Environmental grow

The family-owned business holds all NHS waste disposal contracts in Scotland as well as the whole of Yorkshire and Humber, servicing clients in commercial and industrial sectors including most UK care homes. 

The new eco-park will bring up to £1m of efficiencies for the company, with the aim being to use this excess energy to heat and light other units within the eco-park, reducing running costs.

Energy is generated through use of pyrolysis technology which was in part designed by Healthcare Environmental. The process uses steam and heat generated by the sterilising of medical and hazardous waste to turn it into 2 megawatts of energy.

As one of Scotland’s fastest growing SME’s, the company operates from 13 sites throughout the UK including a recently acquired premises in Newcastle following reward of a 15 year NHS North East Consortium contract.

Garry Pettigrew, managing director at Healthcare Environmental, said: “We’re really proud to see the completion of our new site at Hassockrigg eco-park and to bring 50 new jobs to the area, securing over 100 jobs locally.

“We take being energy efficient seriously and the new site will not only help us reduce our carbon footprint but turn what was wasted resource into energy. We’re always looking for new ways to expand and invest in our business and this was the perfect opportunity. 

The move was supported by an eight figure funding package from HSBC, from the bank’s national £8 billion SME fund.

Gavin Forsyth, relationship director for HSBC Corporate Banking in Scotland, said: “From day one, we were wholly impressed with the drive and industry expertise of Garry and the wider team. 

“In what is still a tough trading environment for many of Scotland’s SMEs, we’re seeing companies like Healthcare Environmental use more innovative approaches to grow and invest in their business.”

Published: 11 February 2016

Article by Suzy Jackson
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