A team of Ex-Forces Service personnel has created an electric vehicle charge point business, with help from Business Loans Scotland and Business Gateway Fife.
An Ex-Forces team of five has established EVi Charge Points, which provides electric vehicle charge points for the home, in the workplace and within public infrastructure, supporting the increase in demand for electric vehicles.
Unique in its set up, the business consists only of Ex-Forces personnel, which has seen it recognised by the Armed Forces Covenant, and it is the business’ USP – everything EVi undertakes is done with military precision.
EVi Charge Points has been working closely with Business Gateway Fife, from initial idea and business case to marketing and set up through to ongoing support.
Neil Beattie, Director, EVi Charge Points, said: “Business Gateway Fife has been with us every step of the way, and our adviser, Lynne Baillie, has been an invaluable sounding board throughout, and will continue to be in the future, as we develop into the electrical arena.”
Business Gateway Fife provided EVi with opportunities for funding assistance and supported its application to Business Loans Scotland, a consortium of Scotland’s Local Authorities, set up to manage a £7 million loan fund which provides funding to new and growing small and medium-sized businesses across Scotland. EVi received a loan of £25,000, which enabled it to expand its workforce and provide further continuous professional development for its staff.
Neil added: “We will continue to expand in the green energy market and in the New Year will move into solar and battery storage provision. We have also created EVi Home Electrical for domestic installations and now provide LIFX LED wi-fi enabled lighting for homes and businesses, whilst establishing the EVi Group, will support our move into the provision of green energy solutions for the commercial market.”
EVi Charge Points is one of four Fife-based businesses to receive funding from Business Loans Scotland totalling £265,000. Speaking of the funding available to Scottish SMEs, Fund Manager for Business Loans Scotland, Andrew Dickson, commented: “We’re thrilled to have supported four Fife-based SMEs to date, including EVi Charge Points, and would encourage any other businesses in the area that may be looking for access to finance to speak with us to see how BLS can help.”
For more detail on EVi visit www.eviuk.co.uk