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Local market demand

Woodfuel is most cost effective and low carbon when sourced and supplied locally.

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So you need to ask yourself:

  • What is the local market in my area?
  • Are there enough end users to make the business viable?
  • What type of wood fuel do they use?
  • What do they pay for woodfuel?
  • Are there other wood fuel suppliers in the area?

Knowing your market is crucial before purchasing equipment and processing wood for fuel. You need to be able to supply wood that meets the fuel type (wood chip, wood pellet or logs) and specifications of your end users heating systems.

Market research is essential, and regional Woodfuel Forums can be a useful place to find out more about local activity.

Support for new and growing businesses is available from the Business Gateway, and for agricultural businesses from SAC.

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