Forest Fuels in running for Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year award
Exceptional year of growth secures Forest Fuels' place in top green awards final
South West Green Energy Awards judges have this week announced Okehampton-based biomass wood fuel distributor Forest Fuels as a top contender for their coveted Installer of the Year award.
The news follows the fastest and most comprehensive growth period in Forest Fuels’ history, which has seen the renewable energy specialist’s annual turnover grow from £7.3 million in 2015 to £15 million in September 2016 and the number of biomass installations it supplies to grow by 106%.
Organised by Regen SW – the region’s sustainable energy agency – the South West Green Energy Awards honour the ‘innovation, dedication and creative ingenuity that has put the region at the forefront of the green energy revolution.’
“This is wonderful news,” said Peter Solly,” Forest Fuels managing director, “and clear recognition by industry experts of the key role that we are playing in consolidating the south west and UK biomass supply chain. Over the past twelve months Forest Fuels has taken huge strides forward, rolling out our successful model nationally, resulting in huge growth and exciting developments.”
In its mission to consolidate the biomass wood fuel sector, Forest Fuels has improved in every area, deliberately building a business that doesn’t have to rely on subsidies or be affected by policy changes. While other companies have been adversely affected by government policy changes, Forest Fuels has continued with ‘business as usual’, acquiring a number of other wood fuel companies, introducing a range of innovative new products, and maintaining customer retention at above 95%.
Forest Fuels' Managing Director Peter Solly gives his reaction to being made a finalist
The overall winner of the Green Energy Award for Sustainable Energy Installer of the Year will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony at Bath’s historic Assembly Rooms on 29 November 2016.
Forest Fuels welcomes two new new drivers
Introducing two new members of the Forest Fuels logistics team - they are Andy LLewellyn and Tom Williams. Both have carried out comprehensive induction training and full health and safety briefing in readiness to drive our vehicles in the region and further afield from the Telford depot where they will both be based.
Andy left school and went to work in the motor trade, completing a full apprenticeship as a panel beater.
He then decided to take his HGV licence and has been driving ever since.
He brings along a wealth of experience having worked for may different sectors over the course of his varied driving career.
Andy's friendly, easy-going nature will stand hm in good stead for his new role and Forest Fuels is pleased to welcome Andy to the team.
Tom left school and went straight in to the forces spending five years in the army serving in Bosnia and Donnington.
After a couple of years steel erecting on building sites he found he really enjoyed driving HGVs.
Tom's friendly personable approach makes him ideal for his new role delivering biomass wood fuel to customers for Forest Fuels.
Customer care is number one priority at Forest Fuels and all of our drivers are carefully selected for their customer facing and communication skills.
Recruitment - ESCO Manager
Forest Fuels is recruiting for an exciting new role, to take full overall responsibility for the management & operation of the portfolio of biomass boiler systems.
Forest Fuels is a leading wood fuel supplier with over 2000 customers, operating from a Head office in Okehampton in Devon and a number of regional offices. It is now owned by AIM-listed business AMP PLC, and has ambitious growth plans.
This new role will take responsibility for managing and controlling the growing portfolio of biomass boiler assets. Currently there are c.£12m of systems, and this is growing fast.
Forest Fuels' Managing Director Peter Solly outlines the role
- Monitor, manage and control their operational performance to maximise the financial return
- Responsible for client liaison and management
- Organise and manage servicing and maintenance, including call-outs
- Maintain accurate records and KPIs of the systems’ performance
- New systems will be added to the portfolio regularly, and will need to be incorporated swiftly and smoothly.
This is a great opportunity to join a friendly, growing and ambitious business in a key new role.
The ideal candidate will be organised, personable and efficient, and will thrive on the challenge of taking responsibility for running their own section of the business.
Salary: Competitive, dependant on experience.
Location: Okehampton ideally, but other locations would be considered
More details: Call Peter Solly 07515 285180
To apply: CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org
Forest Fuels to be the new brand name for MWF following merger
Following the recent merger of MWF with Forest Fuels, MWF is to re-brand under the trusted Forest Fuels brand name. The newly combined business now has well over 2,000 customers, 34 depots and 5 offices to deliver unrivalled service to its biomass wood chip and wood pellet customers nationwide.
Says commercial director, Mark Appleton, "This is another important move forward in the growth of the business. After teaming up with Forest Fuels in July, the next natural step was to bring the two brands together under one name and that name will be Forest Fuels. It's excellent news for our customers because the newly enlarged business means we can offer so much more than before."
Gill Alker Nominated for Heart Business Mother of the Year, Devon Venus Awards 2016
Forest Fuels’ Head of Consulting, Gill Alker, has been nominated for an award in the prestigious Devon Venus Awards 2016 in the category Heart Business Mother of the Year.
Juggling a busy family life alongside a highly responsible and demanding job can be quite difficult but with careful planning and time-management Gill Alker takes it all completely in her stride.
Says Gill, “When my husband and I adopted our daughter both of us were determined that we’d find the right work-life balance in order to give our family the best possible foundations on which to build. Having a family-friendly employer makes the whole ambition achievable”.
Gill started working in biomass after completing a PhD at Imperial College London. She quickly spread her wings, moving to Florida to live and work at the University of Florida for 3 years as a Forestry Research Assistant in agricultural research.