Amber Rudd MP, minister for climate change, visited Farnborough energy company GnERGY on Monday to mark its first year of business.
GnERGY was launched in Wren Way by ex-Gurkhas last December as a community-owned company that seeks to offer customers a viable alternative to the 'Big Six' energy providers with easy, hassle free switching and no contracts to sign or confusing small print.
The company’s UK based customer service team speak English, Nepali and Hindi and also offer a face to face service for inquiries about their services or assistance to existing customers.
Major (Retd) Tikendra Dewan, chief executive of GnERGY, said: “I was delighted that the minister could come to officially mark GnERGY’s first year of business.
"The visit has really shown me the government’s support for small businesses.
"I was also very pleased that the minister was so impressed that this is a community led initiative, it is a wonderful endorsement of the hard work by all at GnERGY.”
Sir Gerald Howarth, local MP for Aldershot, also attended the event.
He said: "GnERGY is a great example of the entrepreneurial spirit shown by so many former Gurkha soldiers.
"I was delighted the minister was able to visit GnERGY and I congratulate Major Dewan and his team on their progress.
"I look forward to seeing GnERGY go from strength to strength in the years to come.”
Amber Rudd, MP for Hastings and Rye, said: "Small energy supplier GnERGY offers households and businesses easy to understand tariffs and has put excellent customer service at the very heart of its operations.
"It's great to see companies like GnERGY entering the market, offering consumers choice and providing a strong competitive challenge to the Big Six.
"Within its first year around 500 people have made GnERGY their supplier of choice, and I wish GnERGY every success in the future."