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Quality timber business proud to have made Braintree its home

Quality timber business proud to have made Braintree its home

Council meets timber firm on business tour

F. R. SHADBOLT AND SONS, which manufacture fire and acoustic doors, doorsets and panelling, were the latest business to host Braintree District Council as part of its district business tour.

The family business, has been up and running for 135 years but moved its factory to Braintree in 2006. Its factory is located in Springwood Drive, Braintree and the team love showing clients round to see for themselves how they produce their high performance products.

Cllr Tom Cunningham, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Infrastructure, joined the council’s economic development team to visit the business last month. Cllr Cunningham said: “What really strikes me from this tour is that we have so many innovative and successful businesses that have either started here or moved to the area. Shadbolt and Sons employs 120 people from our community and that is so important. It is good to see how busy the company is with lots of exciting and high profile projects on the go. There was a sense of real pride to learn that people from this factory crafted products that were used throughout The Shard in London, the Royal Academy of Music as well as the V & A in Dundee.”

Director Alysa Shadbolt said: “Our employees are at the heart of our business, so we are proud to invest in them and their skills set. We abide by the ethos that my grandfather worked by when he started the business 135 years ago, that as a family business we look after our staff and in turn, trust them to look after our business. We will not compromise on safety be that of our staff, the safety of our clients or that of our end users, we are able to do this by setting high standards and combining the skills of our dedicated team with the latest innovations in materials and technology. This ensures that every day, when we go to work in our Braintree factory, we provide our customers with the finest architectural products in the world and I think my great-grandfather would approve of that.”

F.R. Shadbolt and Sons Ltd produces more than 80,000 doors/panels a year and it even has a dedicated research and innovation department to make sure it always improves its products’ quality and safety.

The economic team from Braintree District Council shared funding opportunities with F.R. Shadbolt and Sons Ltd as well as providing information of how Springwood Industrial Estate could benefit from becoming a Business Improvement District by working together with all the businesses on the estate with the shared aims of improving their work environment and improving business sustainability.

Businesses can find out more about how the economic development team can help their business by emailing economicd@braintree.gov.uk or calling 01376 552525.