Dragon Infrastructure Solutions, one of the UK’s leading independent connections providers (ICPs), has been shortlisted for the prestigious UK Energy Innovation Awards.

The company is a finalist in the Best High Growth Company category in recognition of its rapid development.

In the past year DragonIS, which connects construction projects to the national grid, has expanded its services, becoming GIRS accredited for gas as well as electricity. As a result it is one of only three ICP’s who can handle connections up to 132kV of electricity and 2-bar pressure gas (2,000mbar). It has also worked with nearly all of the UK’s leading construction companies, has connected 13% of the UK’s large scale solar projects and is contracted to have connected 25% of the UK’s ground mounted solar by March 2015.

DragonIS has not only grown rapidly, it has innovated too. In 2014 it introduced the Dragoncam. This is a special underground monitoring system which checks the inside of cable ducts for ridges and damage. Ideal for use on construction projects, it saves developers and DNOs thousands of pounds by removing the risk of having to dig up damaged cable. The family run organisation has also been involved in major projects such as completing a record-breaking, 17km of underground tunnelling, using advanced directional drilling techniques and the largest rock drill in Europe.

DragonIS has grown rapidly as a result, with its turnover rising from £6.4m to £16.2m in 2014 and its workforce expanding by 63%.  The company now employs over 80 full time staff members, with 48 joining the business in the past year. In 2014 it also expanded its Northampton premises, increasing the company’s capacity by 60%.

Debbie Edgar, Managing Director of DragonIS comments, “It is a huge honour to be shortlisted for Best High Growth Company at The UK Energy Innovations Awards. It is wonderful to be recognised by the industry and to be alongside so many other fantastic organisations spanning the whole energy sector.”

The UK Energy Innovation Awards celebrate the projects, technologies and talent at the forefront of innovation, within the energy sector - spanning the electricity, gas and offshore renewables. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 30th April in Manchester.