On Friday the 8th September, friends and colleagues joined us at our new wood chip depot in Albury to celebrate its official opening, and the 10-year anniversary of our business. Despite a forecast predicting thundering showers, the weather held out for us, and the event proved to be a huge success.
Our team were on hand to show our guests how the site operates on a daily basis, from stacking timber to wood chip production. Our specialist wood fuel vehicles, including our bulk blown pellet lorries, artic chip lorries and chip hook bins, were on display to provide an insight into our fuel distribution services across the South East.
In addition, we had two guest speakers at the event – David Wright, GBC Councillor and Chairman of Surrey Hills AONB, and Kathy Slack, Director of EM3 Local Entreprise Partnership. They explained how biomass was being developed locally, and how we can use it to create jobs whilst improving the sustainability of the area. LC Energy was cited as a good example of how a business can be successful whilst working hard to preserve and protect the natural environment.
Mark Lebus, Managing Director of LC Energy, also gave a speech in which he reflected on how far we have come as a business, as well as a look at the exciting things ahead. “The opening of our new wood fuel hub in Albury is the culmination of 10 years of hard work, preservation and belief that there was a viable wood fuel demand for the ready supply of virgin timber in Surrey. To see the renewable energy market for biomass grow sufficiently over the last ten years to warrant a development project on this scale is hugely rewarding and we particularly thank the Albury Estate for their commitment to LC Energy over our first 10 years. I would also like to thank all our customers and suppliers for their continued support and all the team at LC Energy for their dedication, professionalism and expertise.” Surrounded by his team, Mark cut the ribbon to ceremoniously mark the opening of the depot, and celebrate the achievements of the company so far.
Throughout the afternoon, guests enjoyed a range of sweet and savoury treats including cheese straws, Bakewell tarts and scones provided by The Little Café Co. Hot drinks on offer included tea, coffee and hot chocolate, and champagne was provided for the speeches. It was a lovely afternoon, and we are delighted to have since received some glowing feedback. We’d like to thank those who came to celebrate these two exciting milestones for LC Energy and our business, and hope everyone enjoyed the occasion.
Ben Holloway was our official photographer on the day, if you would like to see his photos, or further information about the event, keep an eye on our website, or Facebook and Twitter for updates. Alternatively, if you have any questions about the business, or the new depot, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.