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    At Accounting for Energy, our vision is to build a mutually beneficial, rewarding marketplace
    for landowners who have renewable energy projects on their land.

    That’s why all our services help to increase transparency in this new and largely unregulated
    industry – while equipping and empowering landowners and the other people we help with
    the insights they need to benefit fully from their renewables projects.

     

     

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    Meet the Founders – Part 2

    Today we get to know the other half of the husband and wife team behind Accounting for Energy. Here, Freccia Benn, who manages the business side of the company, shares how 10 years of managing her own business have helped her to build a client base and why landowners of all shapes and sizes are in safe hands when working with AfE.

    Tell us about your journey from being a dentist to launching a business and now running AfE?

    I graduated from the University of Birmingham as a dentist but also with a degree in Materials Science. I moved back to London where I have worked as a dentist since 2009. I have always loved business and wanted to run my own. Besides buying a practice there isn’t much scope for doing this within dentistry so I decided to launch a side business within health and beauty industry. It has been a great outlet and opportunity for me to understand how business works.

    Some years ago when Travis mentioned the inability for landowners to check their royalty payments accurately, I instantly felt that we could make a difference by providing that service.  I’ve had a soft landing into this business, working on it at weekends to start with, but as time has gone on I have realised how much I enjoy building it from the ground up, so much so, that over the last two years I have increased my time working on AfE and I have decreased days working as a dental surgeon.

    How do you switch brains from working with your personal clients to managing AfE’s business operations?

    We have a fantastic team and without them a lot of what we do wouldn’t be possible. I’m well organised and love technology which helps, in fact I’m an app geek! For the most part, it really isn’t too bad, technology makes things a whole lot easier, I have most of what I need on my phone and can work from anywhere at anytime.

    What key business skills have you transferred to AfE?

    Understanding people. I very quickly learned that you can get far in business when you understand people’s needs and desires, after all you don’t deal with businesses, you deal with people. I learned to listen to what people want and then tailor my services to them rather simply putting what I think they want on them. This has been so useful for the business development side of AfE as I’ve come into it with a very client-focused mentality.

    Also, I’ve learned to just keep going. Perseverance is key for any business leader, or for anyone starting something completely new. I’ve learned not to accept no for answer!

    What’s your long-term business aspiration?

    I want to help those that come up against barriers to starting a business. Business success can often be down our connections, financial situation, education, social mobility etc, but for those who are adversely affected by these things, making their ideas a reality can seem near impossible. These are the types of people I’d love to be able to help in the future.

    Best part of running your own business?

    Flexibility and variety. I love the variety of our clients, their locations and the businesses they run. No two days are the same; some days we could be anywhere in the countryside – from Cumbria, Carmarthenshire or Cornwall – with a dairy farmer and their land agent, to being in Cardiff meeting a corporate client of a waste management company, to having a strategy meeting with our team.

    Best thing about working with your spouse?

    We have a common vision for the business. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses and work to our strengths, which means we get out of each other’s way!

    What’s your vision for Accounting for Energy?

    To empower and educate as many landowners as possible about their renewable energy payments. Many of our previous clients have been worried about having their payments checked, I would like to show landowners that it is their right to have their payments checked and to ensure that they are accurate.

    What’s your advice to someone who understands the rent payments they’re receiving but has no way of checking the accuracy?

    There is nothing to lose by working with us! We have carried out audits for clients to find that payments have been accurate which is great. All of our clients receive an audit report whether an underpayment is found or not, and this seems to be what our clients find useful, although a payment is a nice surprise too!

    I would say that we bring niche expertise – we have carried out audits for very large organisations, to very clued up individual farmers and have still found underpayments. It’s always worth checking.

    City or Country?

    I really do love being in the countryside but I love the conveniences of city life just a little bit more!

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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

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    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

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    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

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    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

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    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

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    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing
      and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles,

      Exeter

    • “Job well done”

       

      Sara James,

      Durham

    • “Early non-payment discovered so very happy with outcome”

       

      Martin Roberts,

      Peterborough

    • “Excellent service. The review has given me peace of mind”

       

      Tracy Maria,

      Cumbria

    • “We found the report very thorough and really interesting and were pleased
      that the payments have been corrected and appreciate your help with this very much”

       

      David Terrence,

      Devon

    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV

      Land Agent, GSC Grays

    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker

      Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern

      Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop,

      Commercial Disputes Solicitor

    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones,

      Chartered accountant, solicitor and practising arbitrator

    • ““I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy
      decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon,

      CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers


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    • “We found your report informative and easy to read, it was good to see how the wind farm is performing and we were pleased with the results of the audit”

       

      Mark Charles, Exeter

      Share
    • Sara James, Durham

      Share
    • Martin Roberts, Peterborough

      Share
    • Tracy Maria, Cumbria

      Share
    • David Terrence, Devon

      Share
    • “In every instance Accounting for Energy have identified and recovered shortfalls in rent for my clients. Not only do the landowners receive back payments but they are also keen to show developers that they are being held to account.”

       

      Chris Thyer MRICS FAAV Land Agent, GSC Grays

      Share
    • “We don’t have comparable leases in renewable energy meaning there are few examples to draw from, so it’s always good to have checks and balances in place. We would recommend Accounting for Energy for their diligence.”

       

      Ali Walker Property Co-ordinator, Bath and Wells Diocese, Church of England

      Share
    • “The information provided by the turbine owner seemed to be comprehensive. The issue comes with knowing if all the data is complete and the audit was able to identify areas that we should have been receiving royalties on.”

       

      Ben Ardern Financial Controller, Dewlay Cheesemakers

      Share
    • “I worked with Travis on a set of arbitral proceedings to recover unpaid royalties on behalf of the landowners of a large renewable energy site. I was very inspired by his passion for his industry and his tireless commitment to getting the best results.”

       

      Sarah Bishop, Commercial Disputes Solicitor

      Share
    • “Travis is the go-to person for renewable energy landowner royalty payments. He gets into the details of a case, and is very tenacious in identifying and recovering any monies owed to landowners.”

       

      Grant Jones, Chartered accountant, solicitor and practicing arbitrator

      Share
    • “I would recommend Accounting for Energy because they are clearly experts in this area, and they were good to work with. It was an easy decision to get them on board because we really didn’t have the expertise or the time to be trawling through the lease and power purchase agreement.”

       

      Nick Kenyon, CEO, Dewlay Cheesemakers

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