Forest Fuels is Recruiting Now
Forest Fuels is looking for an experienced, personable and customer-focused driver
We're currently recruiting for the role of HGV Class 2 wood pellet delivery driver in the Bristol area and based at our Avonmouth site.
Forest Fuels is a fast growing, multi-award winning business, headquartered in Devon and operating nationally from a network of 43 depots and 3 regional offices.
Forest Fuels is the UK's leading fuel supplier to small and medium scale biomass wood fuel boilers.
Role and responsibilities:
- Carry out deliveries to our customers in a safe, professional manner
- Demonstrate exceptional customer service skills in all aspects of the working day
- Drive the company vehicle/s responsibly and safely; obeying at all times the traffic laws and highway code
- Carry out daily and weekly vehicle checks ensuring any defects found are reported
- Keep an accurate record of of deliveries using delivery documentation
- Plan and route your vehicle in the most cost efficient way
- Maintain and help build the customer base in the Bristol area
Applications with CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Says Tony Vick, Forest Fuels' Logistics Manager, “This is a great opportunity to come and join our rapidly expanding team. You'll need to be self-motivated and very customer focused because all of our delivery drivers really are the face of the business, we look forward to hearing from you”.
For more details you can talk directly to Tony Vick on 07872 692188.
Colin Myers Timber Cuts Overheads and Waste Disposal Costs with No Capital Outlay
Forest Fuels and energy supply contract specialists AMP plc have delivered a triple-win for Widnes based company Colin Myers Timber (part of Beesley & Fildes Ltd)
All waste timber produced at the site is now recycled and reused to provide free heat to the site. A new 1MW boiler has been installed resulting in lower costs and an extremely efficient and effective waste management process that’s virtually eliminated disposal to landfill.
Says John Beesley, Chief Executive of Colin Myers Timber, “It really works well for me as I can reduce my overheads and it provides us with sustainable heating. The scheme has been fully funded by AMP which means I can invest my money in the business not on the infrastructure”.
Under the agreement Colin Myers Timber also benefits from worry-free operation for years to come because all of the service and maintenance of the system is fully inclusive. Previous uncertainty of fluctuating fuel prices is also completely removed.
Forest Fuels is owned by AMP plc. Forest Fuels Managing Director Peter Solly says, “Continuity of operation is assured for Colin Myers Timber because our own our wood-fuel supply chain, serving over 2,000 customers. We can cover any potential shortfall in on-site waste wood production. We can quickly and easily provide back-up supplies from our network of depots during any quieter times at the Timber merchant.”
Waste to landfill has become increasingly expensive so not only are the hefty landfill charges being saved but so too are the costs of loading, unloading and moving the wood waste around. Instead it is simply shredded on site, using the shredder provided as part of the scheme, and then put straight into the wood fuel store which feeds the biomass boiler.
A sustainable solution that’s much more environmentally-friendly than the previous arrangements.
Says Richard Burrell, AMP plc’s Chief Executive Officer, “Funded by AMP and fuelled by Forest Fuels, this is another example of how we can help organisations to make significant savings with no upfront costs. This scheme cost £500,000 which is fully funded by us. It delivers free heat, significant savings in the disposal of waste wood and protection from the volatility of other fuel prices for the future.”
Peter Solly shortlisted for Sustainable Energy Champion Award
Wood fuel pioneer Peter recognised for green achievements
Wood fuel entrepreneur Peter Solly has been recognised by industry experts for his contribution to sustainable energy, with news that he has been shortlisted for the South West Sustainable Energy Champion accolade in the South West Green Energy Awards.
Peter was shortlisted for the honour thanks to his role in leading the considerable expansion of Forest Fuels; taking it from being a small regional business to the UK’s largest and most successful wood fuel company; mentoring other professionals and putting them forward for career-developing roles; and nurturing an open, honest and ethical culture in the biomass industry.
“I’m honoured to have been shortlisted for the Sustainable Energy Champion Award,” said Peter. “Biomass wood fuel has become much more mainstream in the past few years and I have always maintained that the real competitors are oil and gas – rather than others in the biomass industry.”
Peter has been in the south west for approaching 20 years. In 2010 he invested in Forest Fuels, took over as managing director, and set out a plan to grow the business organically and by acquisition. In addition to leading the development of a number of sustainable energy initiatives, Peter has invested his personal time and money into various other renewable energy ventures.
Some Forest Fuels' colleagues give their views of Peter Solly
The overall winner of the Green Energy Award for Sustainable Champion of the Year will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms on 29 November 2016.
Forest Fuels completes another acquisition
Forest Fuels has now successfully completed the acquisition of the customer contracts of St Austell based wood pellet business Mi Generation
Forest Fuels has taken over all of its customers and the Mi Generation vehicles will be rebranded to Forest Fuels colours. Says Forest Fuels Managing Director Peter Solly, “We’re very pleased to have completed this previously announced deal and look forward to bringing the Forest Fuels’ customer care to ensure that our newly added customers are happy with the change over.”
Within Forest Fuels a dedicated member of the customer care team is assigned to look after each and every customer on an individual basis. Every customer has a different and unique set of circumstances and needs. Fuel stores, access and other customer-specific aspects all need to be taken into account. We go to great lengths to ensure that we arrange the right vehicle to deliver the right biomass wood fuel, whether wood chip or wood pellet, at the right time.
Cumbria mum’s three-year rise from admin assistant to account manager of national business
New appointment continues Kim’s impressive career progression
In 2013 28-year old Kim Brettle was taken on by local wood fuel distributor Lakes Biomass as a part-time administration assistant. Now, less than three years later, Kim’s strong ambition, hard working nature and rapport with customers have seen her rise through the ranks to become regional account manager for the UK’s biggest wood fuel distributor, Forest Fuels.
Despite first impressions though, Kim’s spectacular rise is no accident, after three years of continual learning, gaining new qualifications and demonstrating her expertise in wood chip and wood pellet distribution. She started off answering the phones, processing invoices and dealing with general customer queries, before studying for her CPC in Transport Management, which certified her to oversee complex transport regulations and requirements.
Kim’s new role now sees her looking after Forest Fuels’ commercial customers in the far North West of England, in an area that includes parts of Lancashire, Cumbria, the Scottish Borders, the North Pennines and the Yorkshire Dales.
“I see my new role as more of an opportunity than a challenge,” said Kim, who lives in Lindal-in-Furness. “I’m the first point of contact for any new or potential customers in this area, helping them to get the maximum benefit from their biomass boilers.
“Working up through the ranks over the past few years – from admin assistant through to regional account manager – has taught me a huge amount. From answering the phones and processing invoices to handling all of the transport regulations and requirements for the company, I’ve gained an appreciation of what’s involved in every aspect of the business and allowing me to build key contacts in all areas. Customers know that they can trust me to get things done and help them at every stage.”
What makes Kim’s professional development even more impressive is the fact that she worked as an office administrator for Neil Price Ltd for nine years before taking a career break to have two children. Just three years ago she started work again and she has since juggled her career with bringing up her girls and playing an active role on the school’s PTA.
Kim added: “Having family and other commitments outside of the office has also given me a tremendous amount of balance and required me to operate in an efficient and organized manner. This is something my biomass customers appreciate greatly. ”
Outside of her work in the biomass industry, Kim looks after her two daughters, aged eight and six, and she lives and works on her family farm. Her children attend Lindal Primary School where Kim is an active member of on the PTA, helping organise valuable fundraising events.
Customer Tony Strickland, who is the Fleet Manager for John Wilkinson & Son Builders, said: “Having worked with Kim for the best part of 2 years I can honestly say she is dependable, professional and reliable with a can-do attitude, and in the time she’s worked alongside John Wilkinson’s she has never let us down, even on those last minute requirements and niggly problems. The service provided is unbelievably good. Kim is a lovely, friendly person with an award-winning smile and she is a credit to Forest Fuels.”
On 31 October it will be three years since Kim started working in the wood fuel distribution industry. She works full time for Forest Fuels and has responsibility for all wood chip and wood pellet customers, who use the fuel to power their biomass boilers.
“Kim is tremendously likeable and has a very strong character,” said Peter Solly, managing director of Forest Fuels, which has grown hugely in the past few years and now has 42 depots across the UK. “Our number one focus is on delivering the very best service for our customers by helping them in any way that we can with their chip and pellet deliveries. Kim is perfectly suited to this role.”