To be able to grow and attract talent to a rural setting brings its own challenges, but we’ve worked hard on our value proposition to current and prospective team members - for instance, making roles hybrid and welcoming flexibility. We are headquartered in Alnwick but have a team living across the North East, so we understand the need to balance office and home working, as well as fluid hours of work when required.
It was great for Reheat to be involved in the 'Future of work for rural employers' workshops run by the Rural Design Centre Innovation Project and National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) – inputting into the content and attending too – as well as feature in a video to talk about our experiences of adapting in order to thrive as a rural business in challenging times.
Like all small businesses, we have experienced a tumultuous few years with Covid-19, the energy crisis and cost of living all impacting on our ways of working. The major backdrop to this, of course, is the climate crisis, which is already impacting on the way businesses function, especially those in a rural setting.
Throughout these challenges I’m pleased to say our business has been able to operate successfully, experiencing (through no lack of effort on our part) a rise in demand for our low carbon heat services. As a result, we have been able to grow the business to over double the size it was pre-pandemic.