Turnover growths at re:heat sparks biomass firm's expansion

The Alnwick-based re:heat is looking to appoint more staff after a successful first three years in business

Ben Tansey and Neil Harrison of re:heat
Ben Tansey and Neil Harrison of re:heat

A Northumberland biomass heating specialist whose expertise has fuelled Government reports is expanding after growing its turnover to £3m in just three years.

re:heat started as a part-time venture between directors Neil Harrison and Ben Tansey but is now a full-time business with six members of staff and further recruitment plans in the pipeline.

The company, based in Alnwick, boosted its turnover from £163,000 in its first year to £783,000 in the second. It now has annual revenues of over £3m.

Tansey said: “More and more people are considering biomass systems in their homes and we also work with an increasing number of companies to provide systems for factories, plants and offices.

“The Government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) has made biomass an affordable alternative heating system, because it pays people for the heat they generate and use.

“Users also typically see a large reduction in their heating bills, which means that the system effectively pays for itself over a number of years.”

re:heat works with a network of installation partners to fit biomass systems, which burn wood chips or pellets to provide heat. It predominantly covers an area from the central belt of Scotland down to Lancashire and Yorkshire.

The company also provides specialist consultancy services to businesses and Government departments, offering services that range from helping clients apply for the RHI to advising farmers and landowners on managing woodland to produce their own fuel.

re:heat has worked on a diverse array of sites across the North East, including Minsteracres Retreat near Hexham, Alnmouth Golf Club and a sea-weed drying plant in North Uist.

It also organises training seminars for its network of installers and is working with several major clients to assist with the optimisation of existing biomass installations.

Both directors have worked in the wood and heating sectors for decades and Harrison’s expertise has been used in Government reports into biomass. Recently, he addressed the World Bioenergy Conference in Sweden.

Tansey added: “Biomass heating is very much an expanding market; there are hundreds of new biomass boilers now installed each year. The time is now right to replace fossil fuel boilers with biomass systems.

“re:heat’s rapid expansion is down to reputation we have built up in just three years and we are now looking at recruiting to increase our team to meet demand for our services.”

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