New role in Forest Fuels:
Commercial / Operations Director
In order to strengthen the senior management team, we are recruiting an experienced professional for a new board level role and to take day to day responsibility for all aspects of running the business, including operations and commercial decision making. This is a key new role, requiring wide, senior level commercial experience.
The company is one of the UK’s leading fuel suppliers to small and medium scale biomass boilers. We grew organically by c.75% last year to sales of £7.5m and expect to achieve a sales turnover of £10m this year. The company has ambitious growth plans and we are targeting a turnover of £20m in 3-4 years’ time.
As well as organic growth, there is opportunity for consolidation in the market. In recent years Forest Fuels has proven itself as the natural leader in consolidation, having successfully acquired and integrated 4 other biomass fuel supply business, with more acquisitions in the pipeline.
The remuneration package will reflect the importance of this position.
For more details please click here This is an excellent opportunity to join a small dynamic team in an exciting company operating within a fast-growth industry that is making a difference.
For more details, please call Peter Solly, MD (07515 285180). Applications with CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Closing date 5th January 2016
Now delivering pellet in the North West
Forest Fuels continues to invest in expansion, and has invested in a 6-wheeler delivery lorry to service the North West and beyond.
Locally based, the vehicle will be delivering wood pellets to our increasing customer base in Cheshire, Shropshire, North Wales, Merseyside, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester.
North-West based Grant Miller, Forest Fuels account manager said "This is an exciting new development, so that we can provide a proper locally-based service to our pellet customers in the region - developing from our established wood chip supply operations in the North."
For any local enquiries, please call 0151 601 8680
Strengthening our wood supply future
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF FOREST FUELS
Forest Fuels is continuing to invest in the development of the company, as we strengthen our offering to customers.
Improved systems = more efficient service. This year Forest Fuels has invested in new systems, including a new IT system which will manage orders and logistics as well as finance.
More vehicles. There will be more Forest Fuels’ vehicles appearing on the roads, throughout the country, both chip and pellet.
New depots. We have recently opened new fuel depots and have plans to increase our geographical coverage even further.
More staff. Over the past year we have more than doubled our head office admin support staff, as well as taking on technical staff based in our local offices.
Investment partnership. Forest Fuels is currently discussing a strategic partnership withAggregated Micro Power Holdings PLC (AMP). This will boost our investment power further, and is already starting to bear fruit.
More ESCo partnerships – we own and operate the biomass boiler. We’re investing more money into ESCOs - so that customers can replace fossil fuel boilers with biomass boilers, without taking the ongoing operational risk or funding the initial capital costs.
Over £1 million of wood fuel stock. This considerable investment will ensure that wood fuel is always in plentiful supply and available for Forest Fuels’ customers.
New timber-drying equipment. We’re committed to transforming timber to high-quality woodchip (with a low-moisture content) quickly, so we’re investing heavily in biomass-powered timber-drying facilities.
Hear Forest Fuels' Sam Whatmore on BBC Radio 4's Farming Today
Forest Fuels Director Sam Whatmore was featured on BBC Radio's Farming today programme this week speaking about the wood fuel industry and the Renewable Heat Incentive.
Hear the full interview here
David Adam interviewed at NextGen
Forest Fuels has just returned from NextGen - the marketplace for sharing information about cleaner, cost-effective local energy generation and supply - where we shared a stand with AMP.
The event featured 170 leading companies from across the renewable energy supply chain.
Our offering included a competition for one organisation to win a free load of biomass wood fuel. You'll also see from the above photo that Forest Fuels' Commercial Manager David Adam took at starring role at the event, being interviewed on our stand.
Community Energy Award for Camelford Leisure Centre
Congratulations to Forest Fuels customer Camelford Leisure Centre, which has won the Community Energy England ‘Community Heat Project Award’ for its initiative to heat the building with a biomass boiler.
After operating at a financial loss in 2012 – resulting in the council withdrawing its funding – locals produced a business plan to take over the centre and make it financially viable again. Now, three years on, the leisure centre is fully back on track. One of the solutions to its financial turn-around has been its focus on sustainable energy, particularly its woodchip biomass system, which replaced its inefficient old oil boiler.
Summer Fuel Store Maintenance:
Don’t let your boiler bite the dust!
Now that summer has arrived it is a good time to look at the maintenance of ALL wood fuel stores to help reduce the chance of expensive and inconvenient breakdowns in the winter.
Wood fuel hoppers, pellet stores in particular, need to be cleaned annually to remove the fines and dust that can accumulate throughout the year, and which can cause you problems with your boiler.
Croft School ESCO hits the headlines
When a school swapped fossil fuels for wood pellets AND received 100% funding from Forest Fuels for the project, it was a story that the media were immediately interested in.
This particular installation was made possible by the Forest Fuels ‘Biomass ESCO’ scheme, guaranteeing that all of the operation and maintenance is fully taken care of for the school, with it simply needing to purchase heat from Forest Fuels as required. You can read the full Croft SchoolBiomass story here and you can see the ample coverage we gained in various media below:
Reduced RHI rates highlight opportunities for bigger boilers
200kW+ boilers look set to become the norm for businesses
The latest biomass install figures show that the strong uptake of commercial biomass – particularly for farmers and landowners – has triggered a drop in some Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) rates, but the managing director of the UK’s biggest wood fuel supplier says that this only highlights the substantial opportunities that larger boilers offer.
“This week’s news is clear evidence that more businesses now recognise biomass as a reliable, long-term alternative to fossil fuels,” said Peter Solly, managing director of Forest Fuels, which has 17 biomass wood fuel depots throughout the UK.
The 200kw+ tariff is unchanged, and there remains a large number of industrial and other heat users than could benefit from RHI-supported biomass at this scale.”
Developing wood fuel in the North of England
Experienced renewables professional Lee Traynor has joined Forest Fuels as Business Development Manager in North England. Based in Skipton, he has the whole range of products and services - pellet, chip, fully-funded biomass and consultancy - to offer to customers throughout the region.
He can be contacted on email@example.com
How Merthen Manor is heating family home and six cottages and keeping fuel costs low
Biomass advice saves owner time, £20,000 per year and lowers CO2 emissions
When the owners of Merthen Manor in Cornwall were looking to replace their old oil and LPG boilers, their number one priority was to find a solution that would help them manage future fuel costs and lower their carbon footprint.
"Our oil and LPG boilers were becoming increasingly expensive and we wanted a system to serve both the manor house and the six residential units in our developed barns,” said owner Tony Vyvyan. “My son Charles is a chartered surveyor and was convinced that we could get a modern, reliable system that would not only help dry out our damp properties but also help us control our fuel and servicing costs.”
Forest Fuels is pleased to announce that it is in discussions with AMP about entering into a strategic partnership. AMP is a specialist biomass business which operates a number of biomass boiler ESCOs, a biomass CHP plant in Cumbria, and has plans for several more CHP plants. The announcement that AMP made to the stock market this morning is posted here:http://goo.gl/14x5NG. Customer and supplier contracts will remain unchanged.
The first community-owned school biomass boiler in the UK...
John Cleveland College in Leicestershire - the first community-owned biomass boiler in the UK - as been opened by Fiona Booth, Head of Community Energy at DECC. The ribbon was cut at at the official opening on Saturday 28th February.
(Local Forest Fuels manager Howard Towns can just about be seen towards the back left of the picture!)
Preparatory school swaps fossil fuels for carbon-neutral wood pellets
One of the UK’s leading preparatory schools, The Croft School in Stratford Upon Avon, has today taken a huge step towards becoming zero-carbon thanks to 100% funding it received for biomass boiler systems.
What’s more, the Forest Fuels little-known ‘Biomass ESCO’ scheme that made it possible means that all of the operation and maintenance of the system is fully taken care of, with the school simply purchasing heat as required.
Yorkshire: change...but no change
Forest Fuels continues to expand in Yorkshire, with several significant developments to our operation in the region.
On 1st January Rudie Humphrey, Operations Manager based in York left for personal reasons. We wish him well for the future.
We will be recruiting in the North West and North East to further strengthen the team over the next few months
There is no change operationally to what we are doing. We will continue to invest and expand the operations in the region, building on our 10-years of experience of supplying wood fuel in Yorkshire. Indeed today we have heard we have won a multi-site contract to supply more than 200 loads of wood fuel per year.
Over the last 12 months we have:-
Opened 2 new depots, meaning we now have 4 Yorkshire depots
Been Finalist in the Yorkshire Post Environment Awards
Won contracts to supply both pellet and chip customers, including a large multi-site contract for schools in East Riding which is running well
Developed the delivery vehicle fleet and now have 4 pellet delivery lorries and various wood chip delivery vehicles
The points of contact in Yorkshire are now:-
Wood fuel orders: 01409 281977 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wood pellet: Howard Towns email@example.com
Wood chip: Jason Gallagher firstname.lastname@example.org
New long term contracts: email@example.com or 07811 464748