Team is LEAP­ing into ac­tion for you

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - Lynn Jolly

op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds.

What are your am­bi­tions for the fu­ture? We as­pire to make the char­ity able to sus­tain it­self through trad­ing sub­sidiaries, which will help us achieve more of our am­bi­tious tar­gets.

LEAP En­ergy aims to grow and de­velop, cre­ate new lo­cal jobs and add to the Scot­tish and lo­cal econ­omy.

How has the busi­ness changed over the years? In 2010, LEAP was ini­tially pulled to­gether by a few lo­cal res­i­dents in Lochwin­noch who wanted to vol­un­teer their time to make prac­ti­cal changes at a lo­cal level.

In 2013, LEAP es­tab­lished it­self as its own le­gal en­tity (an SCIO – Scot­tish Char­i­ta­ble In­cor­po­rated Or­gan­i­sa­tion), which al­lowed LEAP to fol­low it’s own as­pi­ra­tions and de­velop its own core ob­jec­tives while also be­ing able to trade.

What are your top three pri­or­i­ties? Help­ing peo­ple in Ren­frew­shire re­duce their en­ergy us­age at home to save money and re­duce the im­pact on the en­vi­ron­ment.

De­vel­op­ing LEAP En­ergy as a vi­able so­cial en­ter­prise to help lo­cal busi­nesses save money and rein­vest the sur­plus back into help more vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents in Ren­frew­shire.

Help lo­cal peo­ple ac­cess learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties, work­shops and prac­ti­cal ini­tia­tives which help them live more sus­tain­able lives.

Can you of­fer three tips to new-start busi­nesses? Have a clear vi­sion of what you want to achieve.

Know your strengths and weak­nesses, and get peo­ple around you who can help in the ar­eas where you feel you are weaker.

Con­sider so­cial en­ter­prise as a po­ten­tial op­tion for your start-up – but make sure the le­gal struc­ture is right for you and what you aim to achieve.

Why is Ren­frew­shire a great place to run a busi­ness? The busi­nesses and peo­ple we get to meet across Ren­frew­shire are just bril­liant.

There are so many di­verse and ex­cep­tional busi­nesses out there on our doorstep who can of­fer so much to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Some of the busi­ness and so­cial en­ter­prise lead­ers who I have been lucky enough to meet are re­ally in­spir­ing and a force for pos­i­tive change.

Has any­thing weird or won­der­ful hap­pened in your work­ing life? I feel re­ally proud to be a project man­ager at LEAP and I have a great team.

That might sound cheesy, but it’s true. They are a great bunch of peo­ple who re­ally do go the ex­tra mile to help peo­ple in Ren­frew­shire, while we also have our eye on the longer term strate­gic plans which al­low me the op­por­tu­nity to try out new busi­ness ven­tures and projects while in the safety of LEAP.

What is the main thing you have learned since be­ing in­volved in the busi­ness? I have learned that you should al­ways be your­self, avoid wor­ry­ing about what oth­ers might think, be gen­uine and it comes good in the end.

Even if it does not al­ways work out, we can all han­dle it and move along with our next project and ideas.

Cost-cut­ters Scott Dun­can is the project man­ager

Ex­pand­ing Paul Miller, James Campbell, Paul Heath, Hazel Campbell and Jim Campbell

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