Barnsley-based biomass firm boosts turnover

Gary Hague at Regional Energy.

Gary Hague at Regional Energy.

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A South Yorkshire-based renewable energy company which specialises in biomass technology has increased its turnover by 50 per cent in only its second year.

Regional Energy, based near Penistone in Barnsley, designs generators that burn organic materials such as wood chips to provide heat for hotels, country estates, farms, private homes and other buildings.

It was set up in June 2013 by a team of three directors, Ian Sowerby, Dave Shaw and Gary Hague, each with more than 15 years’ experience in the renewables industry behind them.

The trio has increased sales from £950,000 in their first year of trading to £1.4 million at the end of year two, and now employs a team of 20 engineers and installers.

Mr Hague said: “We have seen phenomenal growth in a growth industry and aim to increase turnover again by another half million in our third year. Renewable energy and particularly biomass are becoming increasingly important options for property owners and developers faced with the rising costs of fossil fuels and the growing need to develop sustainable alternatives.

“We are at the vanguard of this movement and our expansion has been built on our reputation. We’ve grown largely through word of mouth recommendations. For example, our biomass boiler system at a hotel in the Yorkshire Dales led to an enquiry from a garden centre owner in Essex who had stayed at the hotel and got talking to the owner.”

In Yorkshire, Regional Energy has installed biomass boilers at Hovingham Hall near York to heat 50 cottages and business premises on the estate. The firm has also supplied a generator to Carlton Towers country house near Selby.