Sam means business – despite his brush with death

Sam Whitaker, Derbyshire Firewood Company,

Sam Whitaker has more reason than most for living his life to the full. Leonie Martin talks to the 26-year-old Chesterfield-based entrepreneur and musician about his growing business portfolio, his near-fatal brain haemorrhage and how it changed his outlook on life.

ON A COLD WINTER’S DAY, there’s nothing like a crackling log fire to lift the spirits. A growing number of Derbyshire folk are choosing this age-old, sustainable form of fuel with their logs supplied by The Derbyshire Firewood Company. Established in 2012 by local entrepreneur Sam Whitaker, the firm is just one of three strands to his business portfolio…