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One of just five women from a national field selected for the finals of the First Women in Business awards in the built environment category, Crown Utilities joint managing director Keeley Downing is waiting for the final declaration at the Grand Connaught Rooms in London on June 28.

The prestigious competition is sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group, the CBI and Real Business Magazine and the gold envelope will be opened and the winner revealed by BBC sports presenter Claire Balding.

A driving force in the development and evolution of two businesses, Keeley joined commercial gas supplier Crown Energy in 1994 when it was only a recently established business unit within the Crown Group.

Group managing director Matt Greensmith commented, “In each role, Keeley’s energy and enthusiasm were evident resulting in her first promotion to head-up the energy business. She was successful in adding electricity sales to the offering, substantially expanding industrial and commercial sales, negotiating a domestic licence from OFGEM and building and training a successful sales team.”

Keeley’s ambition didn’t stop there. Identifying an opportunity to add multi-utility connections, where gas water and electricity are installed in a single process, she argued persuasively to add this to the Crown portfolio, then launched herself into the new venture to grow yet another successful enterprise.

Leading by example, Keeley has recruited and trained the utilities project delivery team. All members in the internal sales and project delivery team were handpicked and trained by Keeley. Each person is multi-skilled and can follow a project through from initial enquiry through every phase of project management to completion.

“I am excited to have come so far and know that there will be strong competition. All the team here at Crown are on my side so we are all keeping our fingers crossed. I am ambitious for the business and can see that while we handle contracts nationwide we can expand still further from our NW base to make this a national multi-utilities connection business,” Keeley concluded.

More Information

Keeley Downing or Andy Kay, Joint Managing Directors, Crown Utilities
Tel. +44 (0) 800 027 5052 Fax. +44 (0) 845 409 1938
E-mail: Web:
Crown Utilities, Crown House, Heap Brow, Bury, Lancashire, BL9 7JR, UK

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