A brand new social enterprise is open for business in County Durham. The Wood Pile Community Interest Company is the brainchild of Karen Stubbings and Elaine Coulson.
The two social entrepreneurs decided to start their new venture which supports disabled and disadvantaged people into employment by offering work placements within a wood recycling project.
We are both really excited about starting our social enterprise, it’s something we’ve talked about and so we decided to just go for it. The first part of the business, the waste wood collections service, is already up and running and we hope to take on our first work placements in the next few weeks.
Waste wood is collected from construction sites, sorted and resold as timber for reuse. It is already attracting support from businesses in the region.
Jim Bates, Managing Director of Deerness Fencing & Landscaping which is part of Esh Group, said:
Throughout the business we work really hard to reduce wastage and scrappage – inevitably though some is unavoidable. Scrap wood is recycled throughout our own heating system, disposed of through registered waste facilities and everything and anything which can be used elsewhere we set aside and offer to community groups through our team at Esh Added Value. We’re delighted to be supporting this new initiative from The Wood Pile which offers yet another opportunity for timber which would otherwise be disposed of to be put to good use and we wish them every success in their very worthwhile venture.”
A spokesperson for Bussy and Armstrong added:
We are pleased to be working with local groups, whilst reducing our landfill charges and carbon footprint.
The Wood Pile, officially opens its trade counter on Saturday 2 August between 10am and 4pm. It specialises in fencing posts, rails and feather boards, scaffolding boards and other timber.
You’ll find The Wood Pile in the DBI Services Building on Renny’s Lane Industrial Estate in Durham. Call The Wood Pile on 07702 084128 for details of stock and opening hours.