The Business Exchange Swindon & Wiltshire Edition 21: Oct/Nov 2015 - Page 14

WILTSHIRE WOMEN MEAN BUSINESS In this special edition of The Business Exchange, we profile some of the county’s most diverse and prolific businesswomen who are making a real impact in the corporate world. Julia Davenport Juliet Davenport is the founder and CEO of Chippenham based Good Energy, one of the UK’s first 100% renewable electricity supply and generator companies. A renewable industry entrepreneur, Juliet built Good Energy from scratch, starting from small beginnings more than 15 years ago. Her mission then, as it is now, was to tackle climate change, help deliver energy security for the UK, and give consumers the opportunity to buy 100% renewable electricity. Juliet’s belief in the role renewables can and must play in an environmentally sustainable, economically affordable and diverse energy supply structure grew out of an early interest in climate change, which she studied as part of her physics degree at Oxford University. Her views were reinforced while working on an internship with the European Commission on Energy, during which she recognised politics wasn’t going to drive the change needed. This led to the creation of Good Energy. Today, the company has more than 176,500 electricity, gas and feed-in tariff customers across the UK, along with an excellent reputation for quality customer service, having topped the Which? energy company customer satisfaction survey for three out of the last four years, and recently winning two consecutive MoneySavingExpert polls. Good Energy has a unique business model, using power purchase agreements to buy renewable electricity from an ever- growing network of small and medium sized independent generators spread across the UK. A founding member of the Social Stock Exchange, Good Energy has set the energy market standard for ethically and socially responsible companies, proving it’s entirely possible to do so while maintaining commercially sound and profitable business principles. “I want Good Energy to be the blueprint for how other energy companies should be. We have a unique business model, using power purchase agreements to buy renewable electricity from an ever-growing network of small and medium sized independent generators spread across the UK,” Juliet said. In January 2013, Juliet Davenport was awarded the OBE for services to renewables. Amanda Newbery Alison Edgar Amanda Newbery is one of the most influential, successful and well known business women in Wiltshire. Alison Edgar is the managing director of specialist sales training provider Sales Coaching Solutions. She chairs the Salisbury Business Improvement District (BID), is a director of the Salisbury Chamber of Commerce and has multiple roles within the economic infrastructure of the city. She’s shortly to take a strategic role within Inspire – the Wessex Chambers of Commerce. She has several business interests but is most well known as the managing director of Knightwood Leisure Ltd which runs the Chapel Nightclub in Salisbury. It’s one of the most successful night time entertainment venues in the south west 14 THE BUSINESS EXCHANGE 2015 and employs a staff of 70. During the day the nightclub is known as something of a community hub where people can meet and gather for events. The 52-year-old entrepreneur believes passionately in creating a cohesive economic plan for business in and around Wiltshire. An expert in exporting, Amanda is a strategic thinker in every role she’s undertaken. She said: “I’m not a complainer. If there’s a problem, I like to look at why there’s a problem and see