Scotframe targets larger share of English self-build housing market with Swindon showroom
Scottish offsite timber frame specialist Scotframe has launched a permanent sales office and showroom at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC) in Swindon, as it as it aims to treble its English turnover to £7.5 million.
Headquartered in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, Scotframe supplies full kit packages for housing and commercial projects in the UK. Established in 1989, the company now has 160 employees and a £35 million turnover. It has two manufacturing facilities in Inverurie and at Cumbernauld as well as sales offices and showrooms at Inverness and Dundee.
Scotframe was acquired by Saint-Gobain - a global group with 18,000 employees in the UK alone - in November last year, a move which Scotframe believes will help accelerate its expansion into English markets. Scotframe’s annual turnover in England is currently £2.5m, and the company hopes to treble that figure over the next three years.
The National Self Build and Renovation Centre is the UK’s only permanent venue for independent advice and support on self-build, renovation and home improvements. It offers free and impartial advice to anyone looking to undertake such a project, as well as access to a range of exhibitors.
Scotframe’s showroom was launched at the centre’s National Self Build and Renovation Show on May 11. The company is currently recruiting a new member of staff who will be based at the centre.
Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe, said: “Scotland leads the way in timber frame construction, with 83% of new build homes in Scotland using timber frame, compared to just 23% in England. However, the market share for timber construction in England is steadily rising and I believe this trend will continue.
“Timber frame is a particularly attractive option for self-build, which is growing in popularity south of the border, thanks to the recent Right to Build legislation. We hope having a presence at the NSBRC will help us tap into this burgeoning self-build market in England, especially as we have over 28 years of experience and expertise, during which time we have supplied over 30,000 houses.”