19 October 2016
Managing director of Inverness plumbing and renewable energy firm shortlisted as Green finalist
The successful young entrepreneur who founded and runs the McInnes Group, which incorporates both McInnes Plumbing and Heating and McInnes Renewables, has been named as a finalist in the Rising Star category of the Scottish Green Energy Awards 2016.
Lachlan McInnes, managing director of the plumbing and heating and renewable business, which is headquartered in Inverness, has been put forward for the prestigious award after being crowned a winner at the Young Professional Green Energy Awards in May this year.
Lachlan beat off stiff competition to win the Business Development Award after achieving outstanding results in a new business venture experiencing growth and success.
Lachlan, 30, carved out his business empire after been made redundant from his apprenticeship in 2011. He paid to complete his own apprenticeship and founded McInnes Plumbing and Heating Ltd. Lachlan’s dad bought the determined entrepreneur his first van and he slowly managed to develop a good client base across the Highlands, mainly through word of mouth.
In 2013 Lachlan then identified a gap in the market to supply innovative renewable energy to customers across Scotland, and McInnes Renewables Ltd was born. Renewable energy is something Lachlan has become very passionate about.
Lachlan now employs a total of 10 staff and four apprentices, and the business has experienced huge growth in last 12 months, with turnover now exceeding a seven-figure sum.
The glitzy Scottish Renewables award-ceremony celebrates innovators and leaders in green energy and showcases the very best and brightest working in the sector. The awards dinner will be held on December 1 and will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre, where the winners will be announced.
Lachlan said: “I am absolutely delighted to be shortlisted for the Rising Star category and to be ranked alongside such talented entrepreneurs.
“Renewable energy is something I am extremely passionate about, and I always strive to offer customers across Scotland the best, and most effective renewable energy choices.
“At the McInnes Group we believe that innovative energy choices must be sustainable and the team strive to ensure that we offer the latest technology available in the sector to our customers.
“To be recognised in the Scottish Green Awards is a real honour and something that myself and all the staff at the McInnes Group are extremely proud of.”