New business’s wall-to-wall pride at energy efficiency award recognition

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 1 Aug 2017

A fledgling business has been recognised on a regional level as it helps make homes more efficient.

Grimsby’s Bear Build was a finalist in the Yorkshire Regional Energy Efficiency & Healthy Homes Awards 2017.

Husband and wife team Rob and Liz Ramella were nominated in the Insulation & Fabric Installer Of The Year category, having only launched in January.

Currently based from home in Weelsby Road, the business started after initial projects were completed in Louth, and a niche identified.

Liz said: “My husband had been working in the construction sector for quite some years as a sole trader. He was working on some eco-builds in Louth, five new-builds from the ground up, and became accredited in external wall installations.

“We then looked at it as a business, and I left work in January and we joined partnership. Since then we have got further accreditation in customer service and quality standards, and we are also Government Green Deal-approved installers of external wall installations.

“We have only been going since January, so when we were nominated for the regional award, we felt it was a little bit premature. We were told a week before we were in the top three, we went and got the commended prize.”

The company has four dedicated sub-contractors and is looking to grow as the work comes in.

“We are looking to expand now,” Liz said. “We are procuring some big projects which will be out of the county, in Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, and it will be nice to do that and bring the funds back here.”

The products reduce energy costs, and with a lot of Victorian and Georgian properties – as well as rural areas still using heating oil – opportunities in the area are strong, too.
And of the name?

“We have three sons, and it is our middle son’s nickname,” Liz said. “He – Luca – had a severe health problem, a blood disorder, and was treated at Grimsby hospital for two-and-a-half-years, so it is sentimental to us, as he went through the toughest of situations.”

Now eight, he had 15 blood transfusions before he had his spleen taken out, and having recovered well, is now monitored twice a year.

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