shuts up shop leaving 100 jobless

A hundred people have been left jobless after was forced to close its doors earlier this week.

This follows the government’s U-turn on Home Information Packs and the decision to phase packs in from August 1.

Connells Group and LSL Property Services have withdrawn funding for the company, which had been set up in March this year to provide “information, training and employment to individuals wishing to become domestic energy assessors”.

Stephen Callaghan, director of and sister company, says: “Regrettably, in light of the government’s announcement on the future of HIPs, Connells Group and LSL Property Services, the joint venture partners of, have decided that no further investment in this company is considered appropriate at this uncertain time.”

However, he says the EU Performance of Buildings Directive, which require all properties to have an energy performance certificate, means the longer term future for DEAs is still assured.

Callaghan adds: “This Directive must be delivered no later than January 2009. The 1,000 energy assessors currently undergoing training will continue to train through sister company

“Over the coming months we expect to expand into a wider range of property and financial services careers.”