Belfast Telegraph

Tyrone Power company strikes a deal with new councils

By Margaret Canning

A Co Tyrone power company has won multi-million pound contracts to supply power to 10 of the new 11 super councils.

LCC Power, which is part of the Lissan Coal Company group, said it had developed a wide portfolio of customers in a very short period of time.

The Cookstown business was started in 2012, and also includes the GO chain of self-service filling stations in its group.

It made pre-tax profits of £14m in 2013 and now employs 55 people - up from seven when it first started out.

Shauna Forbes, a director of LCC, said: "It's a source of real pride among the staff and management of LCC Power that we have gone from a standing start as an electricity supplier for business customers, to becoming one of the top suppliers in Northern Ireland with over a third of the market share.

"LCC Power has built on the strengths of the LCC Group, with excellent customer service, the lowest costs possible and long-standing respect for our customers."

The firm now has the contracts to supply power to 10 of the 11 super councils, which come into being tomorrow.

Mid and East Antrim District is the only council area yet to announce a supplier for its power.

LCC Power also has deals for the supply of power to Stormont Estate, all street lights across the province, and to the BBC.

The firm said it had not "yet" entered the domestic supply side of the business.

LCC Power said its Department for Regional Development contract - which is due to be renewed this week - is worth £2m per year, while its government buildings deals are worth around £4.5m. The company said it had also tendered for a number of "high profile" business clients.

Ms Forbes said: "We understand the pressures which businesses operate under.

"That is why we have strived to bring the cost of power down.

"This commitment will continue as we grow and develop our reach into the business electricity market."

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