John Watson


Name: John Watson
Location: Downpatrick
County: Down
Total Cost: £ 32,680.00
Axis: AXIS 3 : Down Rural Area Partnership
Duration: 19/12/2013-30/03/2014


To purchase a generator and wood processing machines which will enable the company to supply a greater number of blocks to customer and meet current customer demands.


John Watson had been involved in the log processing business on a part-time basis for over 30 years. However, increasing demand for wood logs for home heating meant that it had become a viable proposition for a full-time business run by John’s son. However, to do that the company needed to invest in new equipment, since the logs had previously been time-consumingly cut by hand. Purchasing the equipment allowed them to increase the amount of logs per day they could supply customers.


Funding from DRAP allowed John Watson to purchase a wood processing machine, kindling machine, generator, and speed table. As a result he was able to expand his business and employ two part-time seasonal staffers.