Conference date for local entrepreneur

Aidan Ruff with his EcoMoneyMiser smart thermostat.
Aidan Ruff with his EcoMoneyMiser smart thermostat.

A Northumberland firm has been selected to showcase its technology at this year’s Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham.

Thinking Thermostat, which is run by Ellingham-based businessman Aidan Ruff, was chosen as one of 12 budding firms to present in front of delegates, national press, company representatives and politicians.

Now in its second year, the Start-Up Competition attracted entrants from across the country and is being supported by Fujitsu, Inmarsat and the British Venture Capital Association.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who launched the competition, said: “I want to encourage businesses to create and innovate, to invest and grow, to develop and break boundaries.

“That is why I’m proud that the Conservative Party is once again showcasing the best of British innovation and entrepreneurship at our conference through the Start-up Hub.”

Aidan’s device, the EcoMoneyMiser, is a radical new heating controller that is a drop-in replacement for existing thermostats. It can be installed in less than 30 minutes.

Aidan added: “I’m very keen on the intelligent use of technology and I developed my new product, the EcoMoneyMiser, after many years of experience in the electronics design business and in property development/holiday rentals as a way to both save money and to reduce the use of fossil fuels.

“The exhibition timing is perfect for me as I should be just starting up in production around mid-October and it seems to be a great way to raise awareness and promote it amongst a group of people who may well be decision-makers.

“I’m also keen to promote the product into local government circles as a way of improving local housing stock and to reduce costs.”

Aidan and wife Helen also own Ellingham Hall, near Alnwick, which they have turned into a luxury wedding and conferencing venue. In recent years they also added holiday cottages to the business.