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HIES and Chartered Trading Standards Institute enhancing consumer protection

HIES is an approved code sponsor of the Consumer Codes Approval Scheme (CCAS). CCAS is self-regulated and aims to bolster consumer protection and improve customer service standards.

The purpose of the CCAS goes hand in hand with the fundamentals of HIES; both aim to improve the industry for all parties. HIES does this by providing accredited members the highest level of protection for themselves and their consumers.

The Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) monitors consumer codes, such as HIES, to ensure they are operating to the required standard. In collaboration with CTSI, we produced a statement explaining our goals for the industry and what we hope to achieve.

You can view this on the CTSI website: https://www.tradingstandards.uk/news-policy/news-room/2017/consumer-protection-is-at-the-heart-of-hies 

CTSI Audit concludes HIES “Measurably Improves Consumer Protection” in the Home Renewables Market

 

The Home Insulation and Energy Systems Contractors Scheme (HIES) has received high praise following the company’s first audit, by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI), since becoming an approved code sponsor in 2015.

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HIES Founder Tony Pickup (Left) and Brand Ambassador & Ex BBC Watchdog Presenter Nick Ross (right)

On 1st August 2015 HIES was officially recognised as an approved CTSI Consumer Code, the UK’s second official Code of Practice for the renewable energy sector.

In May this year HIES was subject to an onsite audit by a Chartered Trading Standards Practitioner from CTSI. A copy of the report can be downloaded from the CTSI website. 

Throughout the report HIES has been praised for the way it conducts itself and highlights several areas of best practice. It states:
“HIES is a dynamic organisation that has made significant improvements to its systems within the last 12 months that have measurably improved consumer protection”.

Ikano Bank lends its support to a determined renewable energy industry

Despite an initial slow down, after the latest Feed in Tariff cuts, the domestic renewable energy sector is picking up momentum again. Government figures for January 2016 show 18,772 solar PV installations, compared to a figure of 8,527 during the same period last year (based on number of installations in the UK ≤ 4kW, source DECC Solar PV Deployment 25th Feb 2016). The sector is maturing, stabilising and showing sustainable growth, so why have so many lenders left this space?

Domestic purchasers often look to obtain finance in order to spread the cost of their investment in renewable energy products over a term that suits their budget. Being able to offer a loan through a third party lender gives retailers a safe and secure financing option that helps ensure they maximise sales conversion.

Access to Consumer Finance for Renewable Installers


Earlier in the year a number of finance lenders in the renewable sector removed themselves from the market. 

This left many installers without a finance facility. HIES recognises the important part finance lenders play in our industry and has been working with lenders to mitigate their Section 75 and Section 56 liabilities (promises made by installers). This is the reason why they exited the market. HIES is giving them confidence to re-enter this market.

As a result, some finance lenders are now accepting expressions of interests from HIES members.

Real Consumer Protection - The Unique HIES 3 Stage Complaint Handling Process


No one likes unhappy customers.
They cost time, money and can reflect badly on the industry as a whole. Your business’s reputation can depend on consumers’ ‘word of mouth’ and unhappy customers can reduce confidence.

Ask Yourself: 

* How much time do you spend dealing with complaints?

* How much money have you spent trying to resolve complaints?

* How much have you paid out in compensation?

Farinheat Becomes Accredited HIES Manufacturer

Innovative UK Heating Manufacturing Supplier, Farinheat, has become one of the first accredited manufacturers of the Consumer Protection Organisation and Consumer Code HIES.

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Based in Knutsford, Farinheat continues its recruitment of a network of over 30 installers for its contemporary electric central heating system designed to equal the running cost of conventional gas heating. Its latest product replaces ugly radiators with wafer thin ‘Designer’ panels, producing efficient healthy heat with zero carbon monoxide emissions. With no annual servicing costs, further savings can also achieved through Farinheat's compatibility with solar powered systems and battery storage units.

A New Consumer Code with A New Philosophy “We Are Here To Help”

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"HIES have invested considerable resources into providing not just a ‘Code of Practice’ for installers but a totally different value proposition. It isn’t enough for us to simply mirror existing Consumer Codes, HIES represent something more. A lot more. If there is one message we want installers to be clear of, it is that “We Are Here To Help”. Whether this is through helping installers with difficult situations involving customers, or helping navigate through the Code of Practice Audits, our mantra will always be the same, “We Are Here To Help”.

Tony Pickup, HIES Founder

The Magic Thermodynamic Box Company Awarded HIES Accreditation


The Magic Thermodynamic Box Company are the latest accredited manufacturer of the consumer protection organisation HIES.

The Magic Thermodynamic Box Company are an innovative UK based manufacturer of energy saving products. Since its launch in 2013 the company has championed British manufacturing and has sold products to distributers and installers across the world.

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