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eyebright powers Edinburgh’s Summer of Festivals

Posted: 6th September 2017

With a total population of 498,800, and the Edinburgh Fringe, International, and Book Festivals attracting over 3million visitors in August alone, the city has significantly increased pressure on the utilities; particularly energy, water and telecoms.

Fast-growing utilities management company, eyebright, has been a major broker of essential utilities throughout the Festival months, and the remainder of the year, including provision of energy, water and telecoms for some of the best known, and busiest, venues.

Stephen Martin, eyebright Business Development Director and Consultant for Edinburgh and the Lothians, said: “One of the main areas that we look after on behalf of Essential Edinburgh is the electricity supply to St. Andrews Square Gardens.

“This wonderful space is used for many events throughout the year resulting in spikes in electricity usage. The main surges are during the Festival and over the winter months, where they have an ice rink and the ever-popular Christmas Markets.

“During the Festival, parts of George Street are turned into pedestrian areas. This allows local businesses to extend their restaurant/bar offerings to temporary structures on the street. We can help our customers to use additional power for these street extensions of their business, such as the Le Monde Hotel and Victor & Carina’s Ristorante.”

Iain Ross, Director of Finance, Festival City Theatre Trust, said: “We asked eyebright to check our water charges…the process was simple and swift, and we anticipate making additional savings in the future using their services.”

eyebright also broker gas, electricity and water to the world famous Stand Comedy Club, where some of the greats of modern comedy got their start, and the founder, Tommy Sheppard, was recently elected as MP for Edinburgh East.

The innovative utilities management company also provides water provision for the King’s Theatre and Festival Theatres, which boasts Edinburgh’s longest continuous theatre site, having stood, in one form or another, since 1830.

eyebright are also corporate sponsors of the recent renewal of the old Leith Theatre. This project has been close to the hearts of luminaries such as Rod Stewart, Danny Boyle, Shirley Manson, and The Proclaimers. The theatre is well on its way to hosting its first regular performance since 1988, and recently held the successful Hidden Doors festival.

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