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Charlie Farr

Chairman & Co-Founder

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Charlie Farr is an experienced entrepreneur and business professional. His successful business and investment career spans more than two decades, working in markets across Europe.

He began his career in the rapidly expanding linen-hire sector, taking on the challenge of production manager at a London commercial launderer servicing Heathrow at the age of 23.

In his late 20′s, Charlie became director and partner of Frog Hollow – a children’s toy business in London, which he sold after successful expansion in 1995.

He then launched Catalina Spas, which imported spas from the United States and distributed them through a European-wide network of dealers. Catalina Spas grew to become the market leader before Charlie completed a successful company sale in 2007.

Charlie and Mark identified the opportunity for a one-stop-shop for energy and water saving solutions for homes and business and launched SaveMoneyCutCarbon in 2010.

He continues to invest in new companies.

“We had been planning the full refit of our lights for a couple of months and having chosen SaveMoneyCutCarbon the fitting team were with us for a couple of weeks before Christmas."

“They were able to come in after the school activities had finished in the afternoon. The Team were very amenable to working around any occupational restrictions we had with clubs and so on.They were a cheerful bunch and left the school tidy everyday with the furniture returned to its usual positions.There were a few changes to the fittings etc. that were noted during the fitting from the original survey and these were put in place without any problems."

Martin Blake, Business Manager at Nicholas Hawksmoor

“LEDs were the next logical step after our earlier lighting improvements but we could not at first secure the budget, given other pressing curriculum needs. However, we worked through the Diocese with SaveMoneyCutCarbon to take the opportunity to apply for Salix funding and the whole process went pretty smoothly."

"Overall, the standard of work from SaveMoneyCutCarbon was impressive. After SaveMoneyCutCarbon secured the interest-free loan, they moved very quickly to install the LED lighting, ensuring that the work was completed during the summer holidays, which was excellent. The early impressions of the new lighting are very positive, particularly in the library area and staff room. I’m sure we will see more benefits as the winter draws in.”

Anthony Murray, Head Teacher, St Bede’s

“The installation team was very professional and the managers responded positively to requests for changes as the project was delivered."

"There was a strong business case for choosing LED lighting and we’re looking forward to reduced costs over many years.The lighting is much improved, a lot brighter and clearly better quality, which I’m sure we’ll notice even more as winter draws in.”

Beverley O’Shea, Business Manager, Bishop Challoner School

LED lighting and lighting controls certainly ticks the boxes and is really is a sound investment that simplifies carbon reduction."

"Lighting controls in particular are a great asset as it is difficult to rapidly change people’s attitudes to switching off lighting."

John Tucker, Facilities Manager, Menzies Distribution

"This is the very latest technology in LED lighting as used at the Olympics and allows us to control the lights across the park using wireless technology directly from my PC or even an iPhone."

"We can create amazing effects in seconds."

Adam Garton, Technical Manager, Fantasy Island

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