In October 2016, the excellence and expertise of Epta UK was recognised by Co-op, a leading retail chain in the United Kingdom, at the Co-op Construction Team Charity and Supplier Awards Evening 2016. In the exclusive setting of The Palace Hotel Manchester, Epta UK was named Supplier of the Year, the most prestigious award on offer.

John Austin-Davies, Commercial Director of Epta UK stated: “We are delighted to continue our success at the Co-op Awards Evening, having been awarded supplier of the year on three of the four occasions that this event has been held. I would like to thank all staff and our Contracting Team for their positive contribution to this success” and he concluded “We are also proud to announce that our partnership with Co-op is getting stronger all the time: between 2015 and 2016 we produced an impressive 450 retail stores together.”

The scale and quality of service provided by Epta UK were central to the success in the Co-op Construction Team Charity and Supplier Awards Evening 2016.

One notable project, Co-op Horwich store in the Greater Manchester region, represents a concrete example of energy efficiency and eco-sustainability in the supermarket industry.

At its core lies an exclusive system that is based on the transcritical CO2 Epta Eco2Small refrigeration system. This solution was created by the Group for the European Union’s CommONEnergy project and allows integration of the building’s refrigeration units and reutilisation of heat by exploiting the properties of CO2. It is an all-in-one solution that is already achieving very positive results. To date, the system has surpassed the envisaged performance levels from both simulations and prototypes –offering a 21% improvement in energy saving and a 57% reduction in the TEWI index compared to equivalent traditional models using HFC refrigerant gases.