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HVAC startup firm reaches finals of West Berkshire Business Awards

A Thames Valley HVAC engineer has been shortlisted for the Bayer Innovation, Energy and Environmental Awareness category in the West Berkshire Business Awards (WBBA) 2013.

The judging panel was impressed with Richard Betts’ drive and enthusiasm for developing and distributing an innovative eco-friendly HVAC air filter product that will have a positive environmental impact on businesses as they contend with spiralling energy costs.

Due to expansion, Richard Betts, managing director of his start up business - RAB Specialist Engineers, has recently moved his warehouse and head office to Langley Business Court in Newbury.

Commenting on becoming a finalist, Richard Betts said: “I’m absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for these inaugural awards. It really is an honour. I have been an entrepreneur all of my life so perhaps my enthusiasm for this product and its potential to make significant energy savings for businesses throughout the Thames Valley and further afield stood out and impressed the judges. These awards will help send a positive message to other local businesses as we strive to work our way back into prosperity.”

RAB Specialist Engineers has recently won a number of large commercial projects with customers including Waitrose, Harrods and Ho2. The company is generating continued interest from local and national businesses across a number of industry sectors including data centres, food retail outlets and office buildings.

According to RAB Specialist Engineers, businesses throughout the Thames Valley region are paying higher energy bills and maintenance costs than necessary in order to keep their heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) equipment running effectively.

The simple air intake filter screens are designed to protect sensitive air handling, chiller and cooling tower equipment from airborne debris such as leaves, pollen, insects and rubbish.

The screens are expected to reduce customers’ energy consumption by 30% and could provide total energy savings of more than £2m if just half of the businesses in the Thames Valley adopted the solution.

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