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November 14 2018

Harry adds energy to Diabetes awareness campaign

Family is the theme for World Diabetes Day on Wednesday, November 14th 2018 and for one local schoolboy, living with Type 1 diabetes has only made him more determined to live life to the full while helping raise awareness along the way.

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Damien Wilson, MD of Click Energy and his son Harry helping raise awareness for World Diabetes Day on Wednesday November 14th 2018

If there’s one thing local teenager Harry Wilson is not short of while living with Type 1 diabetes over the past decade, it’s energy!

Harry (14), who was diagnosed when he was four years old, plays an active role in helping to raise diabetes awareness and is a role model for young people coping with the condition.

He is fully supported not just at home and in school but through the family business Click Energy which a year ago chose Diabetes UK Northern Ireland as its official charity for 2018.

The charity partnership selected by the Click Energy team, was inspired by seeing how well Harry, the son of Managing Director Damian Wilson, managed his diabetes from such a young age and show how you can still lead a normal life.

Harry has also helped Diabetes UK Northern Ireland review guidance for young people managing the condition in school where they spend so much of their lives.

He explained: “I have probably coped quite well because I’m used to having diabetes since I was four. It was more of a worry for my parents when I was diagnosed but it’s just part of everyday life now and as long as I stay on track managing it should be fine.

Harry is one of around seven pupils at his school with diabetes and as well as supporting each other they have the added support of classroom assistant Anne Beattie, the diabetes champion at St Joseph’s Boys’ School in Derry, who knows the complexities only too well as she is also Type 1, and staff member Rosin McLaughlin is always on hand to help as well.

Harry knows how vital it is to check his blood sugar levels regularly and keep track of the carbs and he wears an insulin pump which he administers himself when required.

Speaking ahead of World Diabetes Day on November 14th, the teenager said that while he had missed a lot of P1 and P2 following his diagnosis, there was now better awareness in schools about diabetes and help with monitoring blood sugars.

He also reassured any young people newly diagnosed with the condition that they can still pursue the same hobbies as their friends, including competitive sports.

Like most lads his age, Harry enjoys playing football, is also a good swimmer and golfs twice a week. With entrepreneurship in the genes, he’s already considering dipping his toe in the family business where his mum Martina also works in Customer Service.

Damian Wilson, who founded Click Energy - Northern Ireland’s fastest growing electricity provider – in 2015, said he was very proud that the eldest of their three children was a role model for young people with diabetes as a result of his own experience with the condition.

Harry is a very caring young man and diabetes hasn’t stood in his way, if anything it has made him more headstrong and independent. He loves ‘The Apprentice’ and is a big fan of Sir Alan Sugar so hopefully he will start working here at 16 to gain some experience.

Currently, there are 100,000 people living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in Northern Ireland, and this figure is on the rise, making the need for education and awareness surrounding the condition more important than ever.

People with Type 1 diabetes cannot produce insulin. About 10 per cent of people with diabetes have Type 1. No-one knows exactly what causes it, but it’s not to do with being overweight and it isn’t currently preventable. It’s the most common type of diabetes in children and young adults, starting suddenly and getting worse quickly. Type 1 diabetes is treated by daily insulin doses – taken either by injections or via an insulin pump. It is also recommended to follow a healthy diet and take regular physical activity.

Jillian Patchett, National Director of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, welcomed the partnership with Click Energy which included funding for pilot programmes including a new role for Connections Ambassadors to provide help and support in diabetes clinics and also the 2018 Diabetes Volunteer Inspire Awards.

She added: “The theme of World Diabetes Day 2018 is Family. We know how important it is to have a network of family, friends, colleagues, class mates and healthcare professionals who are all there for support when it’s needed. We really appreciate all the help we receive and encourage everyone to continue to raise funds and awareness about this serious condition.”

For more information please visit www.diabetes.org.uk

April 5 2018

Click Energy Sponsors City of Derry Rugby U16's Scottish Tour.

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This season the U16's made history by winning their league for the first time. The team has one of the biggest squads in Ulster with 36 registered players.

Chris Thompson, Head Coach said, “this tour was made possible due the teams fundraising efforts and kind donations from local companies such as Click Energy.  After a tough season we wanted to give the lads a chance to play other teams and of course get away and have a break. On behalf of City of Derry RFC I want to thank Click Energy for their support

Damian Wilson, Managing Director Click Energy NI, said: “As a local company we are delighted to be able to support local sport. City of Derry RFC Youth have over 100 players and credit goes to all the coaches and parents who give up their time freely

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Pictured is, Conor Mullin, U16s Captain, Chris Thompson, Head Coach and Peter MacCafferty, Tour Manager. 

 
 
 

Mar 12 2018

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland announces Inspire Awards sponsored by ClickEnergy

 

 

Diabetes UK Northern Ireland organised an event on Saturday 24 February, which brought people from all over Northern Ireland together to share experiences and identify ways that the local diabetes community can make change happen.

At the ‘Make Change Happen’ event Jillian Patchett, Diabetes UK National Director in Northern Ireland, revealed that Click Energy has selected Diabetes UK Northern Ireland as its charity of the year for 2018.

As part of the partnership, Click Energy will be sponsoring the upcoming Inspire Awards with Click Energy which will be held in Belfast in June. The awards acknowledge volunteers for their contributions and highlight the positive difference their work has made to the lives of people who are living with diabetes.

Jillian Patchett said, “We are delighted to officially open the nominations for the Inspire Awards at our ‘Make Change Happen’ event. Every year we receive dozens of nominations about people who are making a positive difference, whether that is providing support, organising imaginative fundraising activities, campaigning on a particular diabetes issue or helping us raise awareness. It is so inspiring hearing these stories and it is a wonderful opportunity to put a spotlight on people, who deserve recognition for all that they do.

“We know there are over 100,000 people living with diabetes in Northern Ireland and we know that everyone has their own story to tell – let us know who you think deserves an Inspire Award and we will be looking forward to our award ceremony taking place in June when we can celebrate together.”

There are a number of award categories to choose from this year that will allow as many people as possible to be represented. It is easy to get involved and nominate someone online in minutes.

Damian Wilson, Managing Director of Click Energy, was in attendance to officially open the nominations for the Inspire Awards with Click Energy. A new addition to the awards this year is the Click Energy ‘Unsung Hero Award’. This award will champion local healthcare professionals who have gone above and beyond their role in providing help for patients living with diabetes.

After the event, Damian commented, “We are honoured to be supporting the 2018 Diabetes UK Northern Ireland’s Inspire Awards with Click Energy. 

“As the parent of a child with diabetes, I fully understand the importance of the work that Diabetes UK Northern Ireland delivers and how instrumental the contribution of volunteers is to supporting people living with diabetes. 

“In addition to acknowledging the huge role that these volunteers and groups play in society, our hope is that it will ‘inspire’ others to get involved with Diabetes UK Northern Ireland.”

To find out how about the Inspire Award categories and to nominate someone then go to: https://www.diabetes.org.uk/get_involved/inspire-awards. Nominations will close Friday 13 April 2018.

 

 

 


Jan 18 2018

Which? magazine names Click Energy as NI’s top electricity provider!

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BILLED as the UK’s consumer champion magazine, the February edition of Which? Magazine has revealed that Click Energy has been named as Northern Ireland’s top energy provider! 
 

In its annual satisfaction survey*, which reveals what customers really think of their energy suppliers, every supplier in Northern Ireland was included. Click Energy tops the poll with an 84% customer score, well ahead of Budget Energy (68%), Electric Ireland (64%), SSE Airtricity Electricity (60%) and Power NI (54%). 

In fact, Click Energy’s customer score of 84% polled higher than any of the other 30 energy providers that were included in the survey, with the top provider in Great Britain – Utility Warehouse – being awarded 79%. 

Nearly two thirds of Click Energy customers rated their supplier as delivering ‘excellent value for money’, and Which? also allocated 5 stars to Click Energy for the clarity and accuracy of its billing.  

Alex Neill, Which? Managing Director of Home Products and Services, said: “Our survey shows that more than 80% of electricity customers in Northern Ireland are customers of the lowest-scoring electricity providers, with the biggest electricity supplier rated poor value for money.

“Energy companies must work harder to give their customers a better deal including competitive prices and good customer service. If you're not getting a fair deal for your electricity you should switch today to potentially save hundreds of pounds and get a better service."

Established just over two years ago, Click Energy NI has been solidly growing its customer-base across Northern Ireland, and almost 30,000 households are now Click Energy NI customers. 

Managing Director of Click Energy NI, Damian Wilson, adds: “We are absolutely thrilled by the results of the Which? survey, which cement Click Energy’s commitment to its customers. 

“When we entered the market back in November 2015, we aimed to create a new breed of electricity provider that would provide customers in Northern Ireland with excellent value, incredible customer service and clear billing, and this vision is paying off with hundreds of customers switching to Click Energy every month.” 

This latest news from Which? magazine comes on the back of Click Energy NI being named as Northern Ireland’s number one electricity provider following a 95% customer satisfaction rating in a survey of electricity providers conducted by the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland last year**. 

Last year, Click Energy launched ‘Clickbacks’ -  an exclusive discount scheme that allows Click Energy’s customers to claim discounts and offers from major high-street brands & supermarkets. In December, the company introduced broadband services to customers and this year, Click Energy NI named Diabetes UK Northern Ireland as its official charity partner for 2018.   

For further information on the Which? consumer energy providers annual satisfaction survey, please see www.which.co.uk/energy and for full expert analysis on Northern Ireland companies, see which.co.uk/energyni 

 
*Which? Magazine surveyed 8,761 members of the UK general public who are responsible for paying their energy bills and asked them what they think of their energy supplier in September 2017. 
 
**Consumer Council NI survey, Oct 2017 
 
Click Energy tops Northern Ireland table, with nearly two thirds (63%) of customers rating it excellent value for money. Gas-only supplier Firmus Energy brings up the rear, while the biggest company, Power NI, has the greatest proportion of customers rating it very poor value for money. For our full expert analysis on Northern Ireland companies, click here.
 
Market share data is from the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator’s Retail Market Monitoring quarterly report, July-Sept 2017.

 

 

 

Nov 13 2017

Diabetes UK (NI) Clicks into Gear with New Charity Partnership Ahead of World Diabetes Day

Ahead of World Diabetes Day taking place on Tuesday 14th November, Northern Ireland’s fastest growing electricity provider, Click Energy NI, has announced that Diabetes UK Northern Ireland will become its official charity of the year for 2018.

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Ahead of World Diabetes Day on Tuesday 14th November, Diabetes UK (NI) and electricity provider, Click Energy, have launched a new charity partnership that will see Diabetes UK (NI) appointed as Click Energy’s charity of the year for 2018. Pictured launching the partnership is National Director of Diabetes UK (NI), Jillian Patchett with Managing Director of Click Energy, Damian Wilson.

 

Selected by the Click Energy team, the charity partnership will help Diabetes UK Northern Ireland to raise awareness of the condition and provide support to people living with diabetes through a number of initiatives set to launch in 2018.

Currently, there are 100,000 people living with either Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes in Northern Ireland, and this figure is on the rise, making the need for education and awareness surrounding the condition more important than ever.

Managing Director of Click Energy NI, Damian Wilson, was joined by the National Director of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland, Jillian Patchett, to mark the partnership, which will include funding for pilot programmes, helping to champion a parents’ peer support network and involvement in the 2018 Diabetes Volunteer Inspire Awards.

Speaking at the launch of the partnership, Jillian Patchett, National Director of Diabetes UK Northern Ireland commented: “World Diabetes Day aims to raise awareness of diabetes among the public and I can’t think of a better time to launch our new charity partnership with Click Energy.

“Click Energy’s involvement with our organisation will enable Diabetes UK Northern Ireland to bring to fruition projects that will help to educate the public on diabetes and support families. This includes education on the management of the condition and living with diabetes, plus our partnership will help to reward all of our Diabetes UK Northern Ireland volunteers who give so much of their time to the benefit others.”

Established in November 2015, Click Energy is Northern Ireland’s fastest growing electricity company. With almost 30,000 customers, the company has taken part in many fundraising events for several charities over the last two years however this is its first official charity partnership. 

Damian Wilson, Managing Director of Click Energy, added: “As a local company, we wanted to partner with a charity that would ensure that the funds we raised would be distributed to communities across Northern Ireland.

“We asked our team to choose their charity of choice for 2018, and Diabetes UK Northern Ireland came out on tops. As the parent of a child with diabetes, I understand the importance of the work that Diabetes UK Northern Ireland delivers and we are very much looking forward to generating much-needed funds for Diabetes UK Northern Ireland in 2018.”

The Diabetes UK Northern Ireland and Click Energy partnership will see Click Energy donating a substantial sum to the charity, which will help Diabetes UK Northern Ireland deliver programs that can make a difference to diabetics of all ages and their families in 2018.

Click Energy has recently been named as Northern Ireland’s number one electricity provider following a 95% customer satisfaction rating in a survey of electricity providers conducted by the Consumer Council for Northern Ireland*.

In addition to offering monthly billing, Click Energy offers ‘Clickbacks’ an exclusive discount scheme that allows Click Energy’s customers to claim discounts and offers from major high-street brands & supermarkets. Switching online is easy and takes minutes, to find out more visit: www.clickenergyni.com or call 0800 107 0732.

*Consumer Council NI survey, Oct 2017

 
 
 
 
 
Sept 23 2017

We want to grow to 60,000 customers.. and then we will look at tackling UK and the Republic

Our Managing Director was interviewed for the Belfast Telegraph's Big Interview. Damian Wilson explains our growth plans going forward, the potential impact of Brexit and operating in one of Northern Ireland's most competitive markets.

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Read the full interview here.

 
 
Nov 23 2016

Click Energy NI announces 12 new jobs and expansion plans

Click Energy NI has just announced plans for 12 new jobs as part of a £371,500 investment that includes expanding its sales into the Republic of Ireland.

The jobs were announced by the Economy Minister, Simon Hamilton at an event which took place at the Timber Quay office development in Derry / L’Derry where Click Energy NI is based. 

The new jobs are being created with support from Invest NI and will be in a variety of roles including customer service, administration and sales positions. Invest NI has offered £48,000 to support the recruitment of six of the new roles and six of the 12 new positions are already in place.

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Commenting on the company’s continued growth, Founder and Managing Director of Click Energy NI, Damian Wilson comments:

“After a successful first year in business, we are thrilled to announce a further 12 new jobs at Click Energy NI. The continual steady growth of the company is testament to the fact that people in Northern Ireland are ready for something different from their electricity providers.

“Click Energy offers customers not just choice when selecting an electricity provider, but transparency on billing and we’re proud to deliver the lowest standard rate of electricity in Northern Ireland with no introductory discounts that entice new customers in but are over within three to six months!”

This latest news marks a further milestone for Click Energy NI since its launch in October 2015 when 20 new jobs were created.

Since its launch, the number of employees at Click Energy NI has grown to 46 including an off-site sales team and when all 12 of the new positions are filled it will bring the total number of employees to 52 by January 2017.

Click Energy has ambitious growth plans and will be entering the Irish market within the next few months. Speaking on Click Energy’s expansion plans, Mr Wilson adds: “Click Energy has big plans for the future, including expanding our offering and growing our customer base in the Irish market.

“In year 1, our customer numbers surpassed 12,000 and by the end of 2017 our goal is to have 25,000 Click Energy customers. There’s a huge opportunity for us to grow both across NI and in ROI, as our pricing model, combined with transparent billing and exceptional customer service has really resonated with customers.”

Welcoming the investment, Invest NI's North West Regional Manager, Des Gartland, said: “Click Energy’s expansion is good news for the area and signals the company’s continued commitment to growth. The business is creating valuable employment opportunities which is making a positive contribution to the region.”

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