Various reports on the local forestry sector have raised Marketing, Premises and Equipment as common issues that small businesses are faced with. The following paragraphs suggest some ways of tackling some of these common business issues in the forestry sector:
There seem to be some planning issues which are causing difficulties for rural businesses that wish to expand! Despite this, there are landowners who would consider renting out buildings for timber processing and storage but there is no obvious network for matching the two parties.
It would be worth deciding what facilities you need and the distance you would reasonably travel then advertise for premises in agricultural merchants and in local papers etc. Advertise on-line with Woodlots.
Consider an arrangement where you can reduce costs by sharing a site with other producers.
If at first you don’t succeed, look at a different way of tackling the situation and try again. If you want it enough, you will make it happen.
Forestry is in the unusual situation in that there is funding available for equipment. The industry is very grateful to SEEDA for this as they not only are responsible for administering and allocating RDPE money in this region but also generously funded the popular (but now closed) South East Woodland and Timber Fund.