A Happy New Year from the Oakwrights Team
2011 was an interesting year. Our turn over increased to £6.4 million and our actual sales broke the £7 million barrier for the first time. The last quarter has been very strong giving us a good order book coming into the New Year. If I did not read the newspapers or watch the news I would think that everything in our garden was rosy.
Our new workshop is well under way and should be complete by the end of January. At 120ft by 80ft, with four over-head cranes, this new workspace will create greater efficiency and give us around 20% more capacity. The additional space in the new workshop will also increase quality by giving each carpenter more space to work in.
A New Year message from Tim Crump, Oakwrights Managing Director
Taking Shape – the new workshop at our Sugwas Yard
The new workshop will release our old workshop for dedicated panel production, in turn increasing our quality in this area. Constantly looking to re-invest in the business; Alex Edey (Senior Designer) and I have been over to Germany twice recently, looking at butterfly turning tables to help with the production of our full size walling panels. These tables will be installed in the newly dedicated workshop at Swainshill.
Two of our Architectural Designers, Pete Tonks and Andrew Ensor, are working on a collection of barn style house designs for a new brochure which will be out before the HB&R show at the NEC in late-March. We know that this new collection of houses, that we have designed and built, will give you inspiration and ideas for your own self-build projects. These houses will combine our oak frame along with our full size wall and roof panels to encapsulate the frame and give high levels of insulation and air tightness.
Barn Style Oak Frame from the upcoming collection
Oak Frame Apprentices, the first in hundreds of years!
Amongst other new literature, we are also working on a Design Brochure to help you understand the advantages of working with Oakwrights to design and gain planning for your new oak framed home.
2011 has seen our work force grow to just over eighty with new carpenters, designers, Luke Carter in Projects and Michael Connolly in PR and Marketing. Three of our new carpenters have started the new oak framing apprenticeship scheme set up by the Carpenters Fellowship. These lads will be the first official oak frame apprentices in England for at least three hundred years – more news on this on our blog, social media outlets and in the press before the end of the month!
So 2011 was a very busy year and we are cautiously looking forward to 2012. With the investments that we made in 2011, we aim to consolidate our position this year and aim for a small amount of growth. While we are experiencing good sales and growth, I am conscious that we have to watch carefully what is happening in the general economy.
Here’s hoping for a prosperous 2012 for all of us…
Tim Crump – Managing Director