Energy work wins family firm top award

Anne Currie from Loanhead wins 1st place award at the National Energy Efficiency Awards, pictured with her husband David
Anne Currie from Loanhead wins 1st place award at the National Energy Efficiency Awards, pictured with her husband David

A Loanhead family business is celebrating after following up a Scottish energy efficiency award with a UK award at a ceremony in Birmingham.

Anne Currie (37), of chartered building surveyors company the Smith Emslie Partnership, picked up the advisor of the year title at the recent UK National Energy Efficiency Awards, following on from the company’s small project award at the Scottish awards.

The company was founded in 2003 by Anne’s mum Bernadette Smith and also sees Anne’s husband David and dad Frank step in when needed.

She said: “It’s myself and my mum mostly. We have gone down the energy road over the years, doing energy surveys for the Scottish Government and energy surveys from eco funding. We have been well placed over the last few years to get lots of work. We are doing quite a bit of work for the SERS insulation project. Because we are such a small company it’s really put us on the map.

“I think we have just got lucky with our contacts in the industry as there has been a huge downturn, even in the energy industry. The Scottish government still has energy targets to reach. With our experience and love for the job, we feel we are very well placed.

“We are getting busier by the day. My husband is waiting in the wings to help out and my dad sometimes steps in too, making it a real family affair.

“There is lots of uncertainty in the industry at the moment and a history of firms who have possibly not undertaken work in the right manner so for us to get this awards recognition will let people know that we offer a quality driven, reliable service with a firm they can trust.”