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Wood Fuel Collaboration and Business Finance Event

Kent County Council in partnership with Euroforest

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 09:30 to 15:00 (GMT)

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Wood Fuel Collaboration and Business Finance Event
November 15th 2017 - Bore Place, Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR

Euroforest is Britain's largest independent timber harvesting and marketing company. The company has secured the long-term supply contract for the biomass power station at Sandwich which will require 240,000 tonnes of ‘wood raw material’ per annum:

  • It is anticipated that much of the volume required will be sourced from under managed broadleaved woodlands of Southern England and this will lead to a step-change in demand. 
  • This provides a unique opportunity for woodland owners and managers and for investment in the forestry sector more widely.

Kent County Council (KCC) is helping deliver one of the best funded SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) business support programmes for many years. This includes LoCASE, LEADER, CPS, LEP, The Kent and Medway Business Fund, and innovation and start-up loans. This support is designed to help businesses improve performance in terms of resilience, profitability and competitiveness. Finance, mainly in the form of grants and loans, is available now, and KCC and its partners are already supporting multiple businesses in the forestry and biomass fuel sectors.

At the end of the event there will be an opportunity to join a tour of Bore Place with John Waller - owner of the Green Wood workshop and underwoodsman at Bore Place.

Event Aims

  • Provide detail on Euroforest’s biomass fuels requirements.
  • Inform SMEs about the business support programme and the finance available.
  • Provision of one-to-one advice on how to apply for business finance.

Event Programme

Matthew Woodcock from the Forestry Commission:
The Forestry Commission provides support to the forestry sector via its woodland officers and grant programmes, including woodland creation, which are open now for applications.

Councillor Matthew Balfour from Kent County Council:
Cllr. Balfour will summarise the finance options currently available to support SME business growth within Kent and the wider Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) area.

The keynote speech will be delivered by Euroforest's manager for Kent, Ben Manterfield:
Ben will focus on Sandwich biomass power station project and will provide the latest information on Euroforest’s needs including volumes, specification, collection and collaboration.

Event Timings
09:30 Event opens/registration
09:30-10:15 Refreshments/networking/one-to-one advice
10:15-11:15 Presentations
11:15-11:45 Q+A session
11:45-12:30 One-to-one advice sessions
12:30-13:30 Buffet lunch - one-to-one advice sessions continue
15:00 One–to-one advice sessions end - site tours commence

One-to-One Advice Sessions
A number of advisors will be available to provide one-to-one advice on all of the topics covered in the presentations. This will include:

Forestry Commission:

  • Woodland Creation Grants (up to £150 per hectare)
  • Woodland Carbon Fund (up to £6,800 per hectare to create new woodland)
  • Woodland Tree Health (restoration or improvement)
  • Woodland Improvement Grant
  • Woodland Planning Grant


  • Grants for the rural sector from £2,500 to £100,000+
  • Support micro and small businesses, forestry and farm productivity
  • Eligible costs include machinery, buildings, marketing, new products and services

Kent County Council:

  • LoCASE Grants for SMEs up to £10,000
  • Eligible costs include marketing, consultancy, equipment, IT software, product/process development, accreditation and certification.

Countryside Productivity Scheme (CPS):
Grants for improving forestry and agricultural productivity (£35,000 to £1 million)

  • For non-standard machinery, enhanced processing and collaboration between owners

Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) – also known as the Growth Programme:

  • For business development projects (grants of £500,000+)
  • Projects involving enhanced competitiveness, innovation, capacity building and the low carbon economy

Who should attend?
• Woodland owners and managers
• Agents and advisors
• Cutters, harvesters and processors
• Biomass fuel producers and wholesalers
• Forestry contractors and machinery dealers
• The owners and operators of SMEs looking to grow and develop their business

Event location
Bore Place, Bore Place Road, Chiddingstone, Nr Edenbridge, Kent TN8 7AR. There is plenty of free car parking on site. Please car share where possible. The nearest train stations are Edenbridge and Leigh.

To attend this event please visit Alternatively please email or call 03000 415111.

The deadline for booking a place is Nov 14th 2017. Due to the anticipated demand we are limiting the number of tickets per booking to four.

Do you have questions about Wood Fuel Collaboration and Business Finance Event? Contact Kent County Council in partnership with Euroforest

When & Where

Bore Place
Bore Place Road
TN8 7AR Edenbridge
United Kingdom

Wednesday, 15 November 2017 from 09:30 to 15:00 (GMT)

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Kent County Council in partnership with Euroforest

Kent County Council is a county council that governs most of the county of Kent in England and is helping deliver one of the best funded SME business support programmes for many years.  Euroforest is Britain's largest independent timber harvesting and marketing company.

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