Gas Tag has joined Liverpool’s Local Growth Hub in order to expand its connections and gain credibility for its self-styled ‘disruptive’ gas compliance technology.
Gas Tag’s technology comprises an NFC tag that is scanned to evidence that work has taken place at a property, the Gas Tag app that verifies engineer credentials and provides a best-practice workflow and an online portal detailing all Gas Tag-verified works conducted. Information collected on each job is presented via the portal to provide councils, housing providers and letting agents with the peace of mind that their properties are regulatory compliant. Only qualified gas engineers can sign up to use the Gas Tag app; engineers simply scan the tag with a smartphone and follow the steps to ensure a fully compliant process.
Gas Tag was founded in 2015 with the aim of changing an industry that had not adapted to using technology to make homes safer. It raised seed money from early investors and then raised private equity funding in 2018 to expand the business. However, as a disruptive technology business, Gas Tag initially struggled to gain credibility in the market.
Paul Durose, founder and chief executive, Gas Tag, said, “The challenge we had before working with the Local Growth Hub was that we didn’t have a massive network of connections with other businesses based in the city and lacked credibility as a new business. Having the Local Growth Hub behind us has opened a lot of doors and helped to make vital connections to the knowledge and experience here in Liverpool when it comes to technology, innovation and business growth.”
Janice Mears, head of business growth, Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), said, “Gas Tag is a real success story for our local business community and the company’s founders have first-hand experience of the challenges innovative new companies face when trying to get their ideas off the ground initially. By seeking the support of the Local Growth Hub, Gas Tag has been able to access a vast network of experts to set their company on the road to growth.”