It is exciting times at Adaptavate at the moment and Unit 10 in Stroud is a hive of activity in preparation for our flagship project that is upcoming (more on that soon!). This means we have new members of the team joining the fun at Unit 10.

Therefore it is time to introduce you to Owen, who has taken time out of mixing up a ‘magic mix’ in the workshop, to talk about why he wanted to work at Adaptavate and it fits with his personal values….

“I met Tom at CAT whilst studying a short course in low energy and sustainable building design. We had several guest lecturers throughout the week, but Tom’s energy and enthusiasm stood him out above the rest. I loved the Adaptavate products and Tom’s approach of taking on and challenging the established companies with a better performing and more sustainable product – it’s a win-win! The Adaptavate workshop is based in Stroud, where I live, so it felt like a natural fit. I got in touch and here I am!

Owen and scales

Stroud is earning a reputation as a hub for ‘green’ enterprise. It was a renewable energy supplier, Ecotricity, that first brought me to the area from the south coast where I grew up. It was a relatively small and niche energy company when I first arrived, but rapid growth saw it more than double its customer base in a short space of time and the numbers kept coming! Ecotricity can now hold its own and challenge the bigger, more established energy companies. I see a parallel with Adaptavate and I would like to see them have the same success in challenging the conservative thinking of ‘big business’ that currently dominates the building industry.

I’m really interested in all things ‘green’ and love the idea that products and processes can often be done better and performance can often improve using more sustainable and better designed materials. I have a real passion for sustainable architecture and nature conservation, but my background is really in renewable energy and energy efficiency. I studied the uptake of renewable energy technologies in the south west whilst completing a degree in environmental science at Plymouth University. This led to a role in local government driving forward renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and working to change attitudes to sustainability both within the organisation and in the local area. In driving a big change in corporate culture, I learnt that communication is key to bringing people with you and getting them onboard. You need to get out there and spread the message.

It was the draw of working for a thriving new business that first brought me to Stroud and I came to enjoy Ecotricity’s hard working, but laid back culture as the company rapidly expanded – I now see the same culture at Adaptavate. Working in the sales and customer service teams in Ecotricity at such a busy time gave me a great insight into how, when done well, these two functions can combine to quickly grow a company and build a loyal customer base. Adaptavate has some great products and I hope to bring this experience to the company to help it see the same and even greater success.

I’ve joined at a busy time and got stuck in straight away in the workshop. I’ve been getting my hands (and most other things) dirty making Breathaboard and our other mystery product that is coming to the market soon. The main focus has been scaling up production, whilst consistently maintaining the same high quality product. It’s been a steep learning curve!

As a growing business there’s plenty to do and I hope to get involved in product research and bid writing as well as use my customer service, sales and marketing skills to help the company succeed in breaking into the mainstream. But right now, it’s gloves and mask on and back to the mixer.”


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