Edinburgh entrepreneurs use leap day to launch biomass firm.

Two Edinburgh entrepreneurs used this year’s leap day to set up a fully-fledged business in less than ten hours.
Tim Barlow of digital marketing agency Attacat teamed up with Charles Henderson of environmental consultancy Climate Futures to create a firm targeting the biomass heating market.

The new business, called The Woodpicker, provides a price comparison and sourcing service for buyers of bulk wood pellets, enabling them to find “good quality, price efficient” fuel online.

Its creators hope the venture will help to improve the take-up of the low-carbon Tim Barlowheating systems, encourage a switch from gas and oil boilers and ultimately reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

Barlow said: “Charles and I have been toying with a number of new business ideas, but finding the time to put them into action is never easy. When we heard the guys at fatBuzz were using the leap year ‘extra day’ to raise money for a local hospice, the idea struck us. Why not use our extra day to start a new company?

“Developing a new business is often a long, drawn-out process, but it really needn’t be. What we have done today is prove that a business can be set up cost effectively and quickly - as long as you have a good idea and the right expertise and tools at your disposal, anything is possible.”

 

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