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BTU (Heating) Limited have won the Toast of Surrey Business Awards 2009 for their ‘outstanding contribution to the Surrey business community’.


Competing with businesses from across Surrey, BTU (Heating) Limited part of the BTU Group of Companies who are based in Guildford, were announced as winners at the awards ceremony on 23rd February 2009 at the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford.

The Toast of Surrey Business Awards were launched and hosted by the Surrey Advertiser and 96.4 Eagle Radio. BTU were entered into and won the category for ‘business with a turnover of up to £10 million’, sponsored by Smith & Williamson. With a turnover of £8.6 million, BTU (Heating) Limited accounted for approximately 50% of the total group turnover of £16.5 million.

Paul Merritt, Chief Executive of the BTU Group of Companies accepted the award, later commenting, “A very proud moment, although we were finalists, due to the high calibre of entrants we never expected to win!” The award was dedicated to the company’s founder, Godalming born engineer Alan Merritt, 

BTU heating division showing of their most recent toast of surrey business award

who passed away in April 2008. Mr A Merritt started the company in 1963 and BTU has since been successfully servicing Surrey for the last 45 years.

In recent years BTU (Heating) Limited has progressed from a traditional contracting company to a much larger concern, now known for their environmental initiatives. BTU installed the UK’s first operational fuel cell system in partnership with Woking Borough Council, promptly becoming H & V Award finalists in 2004.

Recently contributing to the LFEPA Renewable Energy Programme for the London Fire Brigade, BTU was responsible for the design, supply, installation and maintenance of combined heat and power technology at selected fire stations. Being the largest project of its kind, the LFEPA Renewable Energy Programme won the renewable energy project of year at the H & V Awards in 2008.

When dealing with major capital schemes BTU (Heating) Limited focuses mainly in the capital replacement market offering new system design for existing buildings and equipment. This is achieved by employing the latest energy modeling software to facilitate the system design and plant selections, and taking clients existing energy consumptions then modeling these with new plant and equipment to offer systems that meet these designs whilst reducing carbon emissions and system operating costs. Currently BTU is in negotiations with major blue chip companies for the implementation of the Clinton Climate Change programme through the application of energy efficient technologies.

Speaking at BTU’s head offices in Guildford, Paul Merritt said “It’s cutting edge projects like these that have helped us stay at the forefront of new technologies, coupled with the expertise, drive and commitment of our team, allowing us to be strong contenders for awards such as this. We feel that a number of different factors of a diversified business have helped us achieve this award, proving we are not just a good heating company but a good business as well but we couldn’t have achieved it without the hard work of our team.”

Providing maintenance services 24 hours a day 365 days per year, BTU provide responsive and planned maintenance services for a range of market sectors from private householders, hospitals, schools & colleges, retail, transport and local authorities to major blue chip companies.

The BTU maintenance division has grown in scope and provision over time and now provides full property maintenance, including plumbing, heating, gas, electrical, building controls, water hygiene and ventilation hygiene. BTU work with a number of local authorities maintaining public buildings, sheltered accommodation, car parks and swimming pools. The company has also recently secured the mechanical and electrical service and maintenance contract for Guildford Borough Council. BTU has a committed employee development programme investing heavily in training of employees at their own CITB accredited training centre in Guildford and are committed to creating employment opportunities in the areas in which they work, by seeking to employ and train local residents.

BTU (Heating) Limited, part of the BTU Group of Companies, specialize in the servicing, maintenance and installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning, offering bespoke system design and managed installations. The group comprises: BTU (Heating) Ltd, BTU (Maintenance) Limited, BTU (Poolservices) Limited and Weyside Management Services Ltd and has offices in Guildford, Woking, Camden and Sutton.

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