How investment from the Northern Powerhouse means this firm has a growing future

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 20 Nov 2017

A leading supplier of biomass wood pellets has secured a £200,000 investment to support its future growth.

VerdEnergy, based in Goole, is one of the region’s leading suppliers of the substance used for biomass energy and has received financial backing from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF).

The fast growing company has received the £200,000 investment from Mercia Debt Finance, part of the NPIF, and supplies customers throughout the north of England.

The firm was established in 2015 by the team behind Duncan Renewables, an award-winning installer of renewable energy systems.

Co-founder Mark Duncan said they had realised there was a gap in the market for a good quality wood pellet supplier and decided to create a full-service solution for customers, which includes installation, service maintenance and fuel supply.

The firm’s approach has proved successful, with sales volumes trebling in the past two years.

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Ian Atkinson, investment manager at Mercia Fund Managers, which manages NPIF – Mercia Debt Finance, said: “Biomass offers an environmentally-friendly, lower-cost alternative to conventional energy sources and take-up is growing amongst hotels, country estates, commercial occupiers and domestic users.

“VerdEnergy has quickly established itself as the region’s premier supplier. The funding will provide additional working capital to fund extra pellet shipments and support the increased demand.”

Pictured (left to right) Ian Atkinson, Mercia Fund Manager, Mark Duncan of VerdEnergy, Martin Bell, Red Sky

Martin Bell of Red Sky advised the company on fundraising and assisted with the application. Mr Bell said: “We have been working with Mark for some time to advise on VerdEnergy’s ongoing funding needs.

“The launch of the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund came just as the business was seeking a new funding round to step up its activity, and it has proved a perfect match for the company’s requirements.”

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Grant Peggie, Director at British Business Bank, said: “The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund has created additional sources of funding for those companies looking to obtain growth finance.

“We are pleased that NPIF is supporting SMEs in the North and providing the funding required to fuel economic growth across the region.”

Hull construction firm, Westlinks Joiners and Locksmiths Ltd, has also benefited from the investment fund recently , receiving £100,000 to go towards an expansion which will create jobs.

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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