When Billy Myers found himself unemployed after a catering career, he wasn’t stumped for long…
And thanks to the bright idea he had, Billy has just taken on his 16-year-old son Matthew and two other apprentices to help run his new environmental woodland biofuel company.
Appropriately named Stumps, Billy’s company has grown from tree surgery to production of wood and wood pellets for biomass burners – and he is now working with engineers to design his own boiler.
“We’re currently buying woodland to provide raw materials, and we’ve got to the point where we’ve been able to take on the three apprentices from Askham Bryan College,” said Billy, from Nunthorpe.
When he found himself out of work, he cast around for ideas and turned to Redcar and Cleveland Council’s Enterprise Team for help last August.
“They were fantastic,” he said. “I worked with the team to assess my idea and devise a strategy and put it into operation.
“I’m still in touch with them all the time – some of them have a lot of specialist knowledge, and they can help me come up with solutions I wouldn’t have thought of on my own.”
Billy and three others have been working part-time to establish the company, but will soon be working full time.
Biomass burners are environmentally-friendly because they use fuel – wood – from sustainable sources. Billy is developing a burner with a revolutionary heating element that he hopes will be more efficient than anything currently on the market.
“We’ve got a long way to go with our prototype yet, but we have high hopes,” he said. “Biomass makes up a very small part of the UK domestic heating market, and we feel there’s plenty of opportunity there.”
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