In the words of DWP Harvesting’s Managing and Marketing Director, Andrew Nicol, "The benefit of DWP Harvesting Membership is based on the economies of scale and the ability to build long-term relationships with harvesting, haulage and other contractors. We benefit both our suppliers and customers because we provide continuity of work and of supply.
DWP Harvesting has serviced Members for over 25 years. Becoming a Member of the co-operative puts Members in a far stronger position to minimise costs and maximise returns. More can be achieved through joint working than any of us can achieve as individuals. The market is growing fast, and changing. We need to be in a position to take full advantage of an increasing demand for timber."
POOLING RESOURCES: By pooling Member Services, ie PLANNING, LOGISTICS, OPERATIONS and ACCOUNTS and RECORDS experienced staff minimise costs and maximise returns at every stage.
BEST DEAL FOR SUPPLIERS AND CUSTOMERS: As DWP Harvesting continues to grow and develop, suppliers can offer their best price as they can be assured of the on-going demand of their services. At the same time customers, in the shape of sawmills, wood processors and exporters can offer their best price as they are keen to secure an on-going supply of timber.
REPRESENTATION and LOBBYING: Members forestry and woodland interests are represented at local and national level. EG. DWP Harvesting lobbies Holyrood and Westminster on behalf of Members. In October 2011 Andrew Nicol represented DWP at a meeting with Scottish Ministers, Fergus Ewing and Stewart Stephenson, in Inverness to advise on the “build or burn” issue for wood fibre. This is an element of increasing importance given the recent rise in demand of biomass energy from timber and the implications the timber market.
MEMBERS’ FORUM: Underpinning DWP Harvesting is 25 years of collective knowledge and experience of its Members. Quarterly Board Meetings are held where all topical issues can be reviewed and Members are kept up to date with market and political developments by the management. Members are in-turn encouraged to feed into DWP Members forum with their views of what is happening in the market place that may affect Members interests. Periodically Membership Receptions are held to raise the DWP Membership profile and encourage new Members to join. Collective Member visits are organised to places of interest and speakers are invited to address Members on key topics. DWP keeps media and national and trade press up to date with what is happening within the co-operative. A visit from Viken Skog, the Norwegian Timber Co-operative to exchange ideas in 2012, the International Year of Co-operatives, was deemed to be exceptionally beneficial by both Co-operatives.