GDGC spotlight

GDGC spotlight

A word from our Operations Manager, Clint Walker

As Operations Manager for GDGC, it’s so important to me that we understand you and your business. You are such an important part of our business and we couldn’t do it without you. Each week we are going to be sharing our “GDGC spotlight” piece that shouts loud and proud about who you are, what makes you tick and who your superstars are. Thank you for being part of the GDGC family!

You’ll find below the installers we have put the spotlight on. If you would like to take part, please get in touch with me or send us an email at

Clint Walker - GDGC
GDGC spotlight

How did the business begin?

Baxter Kelly was originally founded by Ian Baxter and Joe Kelly. They worked together at VNR Contracting before deciding to go into business themselves, and Baxter Kelly Ltd officially opened for business on 15th November 2015, with about half a dozen employees. Nearly four years later, we’re nearing forty employees working the length and breadth of the country.

Tell us about Baxter Kelly?

We are proud to have won the Insulation and Fabric Installers/Contractors category at the West Midlands Energy Efficiency Awards two years in a row; at the National Awards, we were awarded a special commendation in the same category last year, and the Bronze award this year.

Who is your “star employee” and why?

The directors would like to nominate Dan Ellens, who has risen to the challenge of fresh responsibility, and worked hard to keep operations running smoothly at all levels of the business.

Why did you choose GDGC as your Insurance Back Guarantee provider?

We chose GDGC because you came highly recommended by various people we knew in the industry, and you made it easy to get involved.

Dan Ellens
Naked Solar

How did the business begin?

Naked Solar was founded in 2010 by Tony Sampson. Initially called Cornwall Solar Panels, they rebranded in 2017 to assist with expansion across the country. The new name also reflected the open and honest approach they take to the solar market. Naked Solar – Solar with nothing to hide.

Tell us about Naked Solar?

Naked Solar provide battery storage solutions for domestic and commercial customers throughout the South West. They have just opened an office in Exeter, and plan to have a Bristol office early 2020. Naked Solar supply and install any product on the market to ensure they can remain impartial and provide their customers with an informed choice. This informed choice is what has lead them being awarded the South West’s best Solar PV installer 2019 as well as numerous other local and national awards.

Who is your “star employee” and why? 

I would like to suggest Kyle Edwards our Installation Manager. He always goes the extra mile to help our customers and his wealth of technical knowledge is outstanding. Whether its organising installers to be on site with builders, or helping customers with setting up manufacturers apps, he can always be relied on. Kyle’s warm and compassionate manner is often appreciated by customers.

Why did you choose GDGC as your Insurance Back Guarantee provider?

We were with another insurance company but they were being a bit slow with certain aspects so we thought it time to have a look around the market. GDGC were actually recommended to us by another solar installer nearby.

Kyle Edwards - Naked Solar

How did the business begin?

The company began in a small shed back in March 2012. A small team, with many years of combined experience in the renewables industry, driven to create a dynamic new Renewable Energy business. The vision: an eco-conscious, customer focused, beacon of local industry; providing impartial advice, an honest service and liberation from the cowboys and pushy salesman that lurk in the far-reaching shadows within the renewable energy sector.

Tell us about Greenscape Energy?

Fast –forward to the present day and this vision has become a reality. Following a rescue operation on a former, prominent Ipswich premises; The Energy Shop was born.

With hundreds of installs across Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire for both residential and commercial properties, Greenscape Energy is a respected, thriving local business. Still striving to provide nothing short of the perfect service and sourcing a large amount of work through personal recommendations, we passionately believe that by taking responsibility for our environment, we are taking responsibility for our environment, we are taking responsibility for our future.

Who is your “star employee” and why?

Everyone here in the small team of employees always exceeds expectations, it is impossible to choose 1 or 2 members of staff!

Why did you choose GDGC as your Insurance Back Guarantee provider?

Our old insurer let us down unexpectedly. We found you through a Google search and were very impressed with the reviews.The reviews were spot on! You have been extremely reliable and have put our minds at ease. Can easily recommend your product/Service without a doubt.

Ashburn Stoves

How did the business begin?

Ashburn Stoves was started after we fit a renewable heating system in our own home. It made such a difference to our heating bills and we are very keen on the environmental benefits. We wanted to pass this on to others.

Tell us about Ashburn Stoves and Heating?

Ashburn have over 30 years experience fitting central heating into old properties throughout the Dales, including Gas, Oil, LPG and more recently renewable heating such as Biomass, Solar and Heat Pumps. We want to help reduce the carbon footprint of the UK by encouraging customer to include renewable energy products in their homes.

Who is your Star Employee and why?

Bruce Mills

Bruce is our technical manager. Bruce is an old school engineer who has been fitting heating systems into the remote areas of the Yorkshire Dales for over 30 years. He has an in-depth understanding of renewable heating technologies.

Steve Finch

Steve takes care of the website and marketing at Ashburn Stoves. He addresses the challenges of keeping the company in the public mind, on-line and off-line. Renewable technologies are an ‘unknown’ to the majority of the public and establishing a dialogue which gets their interest and gives them confidence requires constant work.

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