In our latest profile, we meet a group tackling heat poverty in Aberdeen, the oil capital of Europe.
What’s the name of your company and who owns it?
Our organisation is called Scarf, we are a vibrant and value-driven social enterprise, making a practical difference throughout Scotland.
When was it set up?
Scarf was set up in 1986.
What’s the company’s aim?
Scarf’s original aim was to eradicate fuel poverty. Throughout its 30-year history, the organisation’s aim has developed into reducing inequality and improving lives in a variety of ways. Although the problem of fuel poverty remains at its core, Scarf also strives to improve employability, increase sustainability and deliver a positive impact on society.
With knowledge and experience we recognise the needs of householders and organisations, offering them the support they need to develop better living and working environments. Our dedicated team offers professional, personalised services to inspire change and have a positive impact each and every day.
Why be a social and not a private enterprise?
Scarf’s aim is to create a fairer society, therefore any profit we make goes towards helping us reach that aim.
How many staff?
We have 56 members of staff.
Who are your main customers?
Scarf operates a range of services aimed at various customers, including householders, businesses and community organisations. Currently we operate Home Energy Scotland (HES) in the north-east, funded by the Scottish Government and the Home Energy Advice Team (HEAT) funded by local authorities in Aberdeen City, Aberdeenshire, Perth and Kinross and Angus: these services are mainly aimed at helping domestic customers.
We also operate Resource Efficient Scotland and Scarf Commercial Energy which are aimed at businesses, and the Community and Renewable Energy Scheme (CARES) aimed at community organisations.
Scarf also delivers a range of training programmes including City and Guilds in energy efficiency and Pacific Institute personal development training.
Tell us about your best trading experience?
Scarf is proud to be a top 100 company to work for. Our people are our biggest asset and we pride ourselves on creating a great place to work. We are also a living wage employer and hold the Investor in People and Investor in Young People accreditations.
And what are your future plans?
Scarf has recently launched a new brand identity in parallel with an ambitious growth plan. Our growth plan includes the launch of our new service Scarf Commercial Energy, a collaboration between two established social enterprises who are dedicated to the alleviation of fuel poverty. This service offers truly impartial and ethical commercial energy advice and switching services.
Website address: http://www.scarf.org.uk/