A NATIONAL wood pellet supplier headquartered in Selby is expanding is distribution area as it approaches its busiest time of year.

As it approaches its peak season Y Pellets has made a “major investment” in specially equipped delivery vehicles, which open up new business opportunities in southern England and Scotland.

The firm, which operates a 5,000 tonne storage facility in Goole, has invested in new, six and eight wheel delivery trucks featuring state-of-the-art electronic weighing systems and advanced onboard technology.

The company expects to deliver thousands of tonnes of sustainably-sourced, EN Plus A1 wood pellets to private homeowners and businesses including local authorities, hotel venues, care homes, manufacturers and schools, especially across Yorkshire, the Midlands, the North East and North West, over coming months.

This latest investment will see Y Pellets further extend its distribution capability to southern areas of England and north of the border into Scotland, which bosses believed with strengthen their position as “a rapidly-emerging, key player within the UK’s biomass fuel market”.

Neil Holland, managing director of Y Pellets said: “We are entering into the company’s busiest time and our delivery vehicles will be on the road constantly to supply UK customers up and down the country with biomass fuel.

“In terms of the industry, we are establishing a leading wood pellets company that is in a very good position to expand its operations and become one of the best within the sector.

“Our delivery lorries are 100 per cent our own, not subcontracted, and this makes a huge difference to the quality of the pellets and customer service received by the end consumer. By making continuous investment, we can ensure the highest fuel quality possible and clients can reap the benefits in real terms meaning fuel cost savings of thousands of pounds.

“Our experience has shown that while few in the industry have invested in the correct machinery and vehicles, the vast majority have not and therefore many subcontract deliveries to third parties as a means of cutting costs.

“Procurement professionals in, for example, local authority that specify pellets as an energy resource for schools, hospitals and care homes, know they have a financial responsibility to ensure public money is spent correctly but unless all vehicles are legal for trade, there may be discrepancies in the amount ordered compared to the amount being delivered.

“Investment in our own vehicles and the systems we have incorporated can eliminate any such shortfall and therefore have a direct impact on a client’s bottom line.”