Forest Oak attended Grand Designs Live this year to showcase the best of their oak frames and meet new prospective customers.
The show, which took place on the 10th to the 14th of October in the NEC in Birmingham showcases the best that interiors, design, renovation and build has to offer in the UK.
“It is a pretty big show for us to do, there are so many other amazing businesses that attend – even getting a stand at the show is hard work!” Said Jamie, Director at Forest Oak.
Forest Oak shared a stand with sister company Darwin Interiors and handed out glasses of fizz to intrigued customers curious about what Forest Oak has to offer.
“We get a lot of questions from potential customers who have considered an oak frame but are put off by the perceived cost – Grand Designs Live gave us the opportunity to explain that there is an alternative to going with one of our more costly competitors.
The team at Forest Oak worked really hard over the course of the show and have already seen some great results.
“Shows can always be a bit hit and miss, especially if you are a small business… they are a big investment; however, we would definitely consider Grand Designs a massive hit and we are looking forward to attending next year.”
Timber Expo a Success for Forest Oak 20.10.17
Last week saw Forest Oak exhibiting at the Timber Expo-part of the UK Construction Week at the NEC. The show, which is also linked to Grand Designs Lives, gave us the chance to introduce our products and services to potential new customers including joiners, carpenters, architects, builders, and self-builders.
As well as meeting new clients, we also caught up with many existing customers giving us the chance to show off some of our recent oak frame projects.
We would like to thank everyone that came to see us and look forward to working together in the future.
FiT Show 2016, at The International Centre, Telford 14.4.16
As a fast growing oak framing company, Shropshire based Forest Oak is always interested in learning new ways in which we can enhance our product lines. Blending modern technologies with traditional oak frames provides our customers with the best of both worlds. Our parent’s company, timber merchants Border Hardwood (also based in Wem, Shropshire) is also coming along to FiT Show 2016, so today could well be a day of selling as well as buying.
Judging by the feedback on social media – #fitshow2016 – the show seems to have been a great success. Just hope the exhibitors will still have plenty of energy left after their gala dinner last night to talk to us about the various oak extensions, oak garden rooms, oak conservatories and oak roof lantern/skylight projects we have coming up!
Oak Frames - Helping the UK's Building Trade – 1.11.15
Forest Oak Products Ltd was recently launched in Shropshire with the aim of growing demand for oak frames. Based in Wem, Forest Oak Products will provide oak frames to the construction industry, plus self-builders and renovators.
Directors Charles Bevans-Jones and Jamie Doran are aiming to grow turnover in the first year to over £300,000, as the business makes the most of growing demand for pre-made oak frames for homes and outbuildings.
As well as oak frames for porches, extensions, garden rooms and entire buildings, the company produces different oak products for markets such as horticulture, agriculture, equine, landscaping, parks, town, planning, highways and schools and colleges.
“We work closely with our sister company Border Hardwood Ltd who are based nearby on the Wem Industrial Estate, Shropshire," Jamie said.
“By working alongside Border, we are able to take advantage of the relationships grown over four generations with some of the largest oak sawmills across Europe. This means we buy, cut and deliver our products at the most competitive prices.
“We work to strict guidelines that all of our timber is sourced only from sawmills that produce leading sustainability accreditations. Our oak also goes through a rigorous grading system, on-site, in Europe – so if the quality is not up to our standards, we will not use it."
Mr. Bevan-Jones added: “I have worked in the timber trade since 1996 and in the last couple of years have seen a significant increase in demand for finished oak products.
“This is partly due to the speed at which manufacturing processes allow us to turnaround projects, but I believe mostly down to the material itself. “We specialize in oak as it denotes strength, reliability and an aesthetic like no other timber. It is a wonderful thought that something Forest Oak supplies today will still be used or lived in 400 years from now."