FENLAND: Businessman moves from workshop into factory unit as bio-diesel demand soars
BUSINESS is booming for Fenland entrepreneur Paul Davies, who has had to move from a small workshop to a factory unit as demand for his bio diesel processor soars - and here's your chance to get �50 off one of the units.
Story by: MAGGIE GIBSON
BUSINESS is booming for a Fenland entrepreneur whose product is being snapped up by recession-hit customers.
In just eight months Paul Davies has had to move from a small workshop to a factory unit as demand for his bio diesel processors soars.
Paul says his range of processors which convert new or waste vegetable oil into bio-diesel from 19 pence a litre are the most energy efficient on the UK market.
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His customers are running their vehicles and domestic heating systems on the end results. A university campus is also heated by the diesel from one of the units.
Paul has been forced to move Fenland Bio Diesel Processors from a workshop in Outwell to a factory unit in Thorby Avenue, March, in a bid to keep up with his expanding order book.
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It was in August last year that the Cambs times/Wisbech Standard broke Paul's story. He said: "After people read about it in the paper it didn't really slow down and it has now got madder than ever. I am starting work at 5am to keep up with the orders and at the moment it is a matter of demand outstripping production - it is just fantastic."
"The machines are going all over the country and I have customers from Orkney down to Devon and in Cornwall and Wales. There are also a lot of people interested in exporting them to Africa."
Paul who lives in County Road, March, says he believes his units have been so successful because of the competitive price along with their quality and reliability. He is selling around five a week and has increased the range of sizes from the small 50 litre unit to the massive 400 litre unit. Some customers are coming back to him for bigger units after initially buying a small one.
He said: "The recession has done me a huge favour. People look for ways of saving money and one of the biggest expenses is travelling and the cost of fuel."
With take-away food remaining popular during the economic crisis as people ditch more expensive restaurants Paul says there is certainly no shortage of cooking oil.
Back in August Paul said he was taking a gamble by giving up a secure job to launch a business but now he says he has no regrets.
He is now running free open/training days at this new unit to make sure customers have a full understanding of what is involved. Details are on his website www.fenlandbiodieselprocessors.com or call 07770 670696
• Paul is offering the first 20 readers to email him a �50 off voucher in exchange for one of the units excluding the smallest 50 litre machine. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org