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Golf business hits green target

There is something fitting about a firm which specialises in golfing equipment hitting its green target.

Energy bills for the Gloucestershire manufacturer and distributor have, shall we say, disappeared down a hole in one go thanks to a £40,000-plus investment.

Gloucester-headquartered Stewart Golf is the firm which has reached for the skies with both its targets and for its energy, installing 174 panels on the roof of its Quedgeley operation.

Those panels - fitted by Cheltenham firm MyPower - promise to produce some 46,000kWh of electricity per year, which will avoid an equally unfathomable 15 tonnes of carbon emissions annually.

What we can all grasp, however, is that is more than enough to cover energy running costs for its factory and offices. Which means it also sends power back into the grid.

"We're very proud that our new PV system will be generating clean electricity for our business for many years to come.

"Not only is it a great green decision, it's also a very sensible financial one as well so really is a win/win for us," said Mark Stewart, founder and managing director of Stewart Golf, which specialises in golf trollies - especially of the remote control variety, such as its sought after X9 Follow and X9 Remote.

In 2918 the business had "another record year" after what it called a "poor first quarter", eventually growing by six per cent to £2.35m.

Exports more than made up for that though, with Stewart Golf becoming a net exporter for the first time in 2018.

"This year promises to be an exciting year for us. We have a big TV campaign planned in the USA and are aiming for further growth in the UK as well.

"There are some new products in development that will be announced in due course later in the year, but these are obviously top-secret," said Mr Stewart.

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