Monmouth MP David Davies (left) meets with representatives from Robert Price and Rockwool.

Monmouth MP David Davies explores Welsh business collaboration.

Published:  25 February, 2011

MONMOUTH: MP David Davies visited the Abergavenny headquarters of Robert Price, South Wales’ largest independent builders’ merchants, to support the announcement of a collaboration with two further Welsh companies, Rockwool and SWALEC.

The three Welsh companies are working together to offer homeowners and DIY enthusiasts subsidised loft insulation as part of the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target scheme.

The promotion aims to make it easier for residents to insulate their homes and save money on energy bills. The offer is available online at or in branches of Robert Price Builders’ Merchants.

Speaking at the announcement, David Davies MP remarked: “This collaboration brings Welsh companies together to insulate Welsh homes, create Welsh jobs, reduce carbon emissions from Welsh buildings, and support Welsh economic growth.

“Robert Price Builders’ Merchants are a successful business that has served South Wales for over 160 years. We need to get over the message of buying locally as money spent with local firms stays in the local economy.”

Malcolm Jones, Sales Director for Robert Price, outlined the thinking behind the venture: “Carbon emissions from housing have risen by more than 5% since 1997, and currently account for 27% of the UK’s carbon footprint. As a nation, we rate the worst in Europe for wasting energy. One of the most urgent challenges in reducing carbon emissions is to significantly improve the thermal performance of existing homes.

“Investing to improve the condition of buildings in Wales is central to our business. Our branches showcase modern solutions designed to encourage homeowners to reduce emitted and embedded carbon.

“Robert Price is thinking ahead to 2020 and the carbon targets applicable then. We are already planning further investments, product lines, training and recruitment to drive our company forward during the decade ahead.”

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