A jazz brass band greeted us the morning the Grand Designs Live exhibition kicked off its 9-day event. Ok, so the musical fanfare was only to signal the time the general public was allowed into the exhibition but we at Tudor Oak like to think that it was actually in honour of celebrating our first ever stand at this annual event.
Either way, we’ve had a warm welcome. Situated in the Build section of the exhibition (there are 7 in total – Interiors, Technology, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Gardens, Village, Build), we’ve been visited by architects, interior designers, various trades, self-builders, couples renovating their homes and members of the public at the start of their projects keen to gather ideas and see what can be done.
One of the great things about being part of the Grand Designs event is the chance to check out the competition and while there were a number of companies specialising in hand-carved pieces, flooring, timber and wooden furniture, it quickly confirmed to us that what we provide is really quite unique. Our products and service may not be the cheapest around but we can’t be beaten on quality.
English (European) Oak (Quercus Robur) is no longer grown in large, sustainable quantities in Britain. During the British Empire vast swathes of Oak trees were used to supply the ship-building trade for the British Navy, with the result that many of our natural forests have been depleted.
For this reason, the English Oak we use is sourced from FSC and PEFC-certified forests in France. The environment and sustainability is at the heart of our business. Also, as we’re a small company we have the luxury of knowing each of our clients by name. Whether it’s a builder in need of some trade timber, or a customer about to embark on a renovation/refurbishing project, we lead the client through every step of the process, offering a truly bespoke service.
As we reflect on the Grand Designs Live 2015, it has been heart-warming to see how many people have flocked to our stand. I don’t think it was just the free chocolates bearing our logo that enticed the crowds, although like our products, they were of the finest quality (Belgian dark chocolate, in case you were wondering!) The golden-warm oak Wealden Manor House door usually stopped people in their tracks but many were also drawn to the dark wood panelling which adorned the back of our stand. In fact, we had so many enquiries about it that we are currently in the process of designing and printing a new brochure specifically featuring the different wood panelling options we do. So watch this space!
Many thanks to all those who visited our stand over the last week and we look forward to working with you in the near future.
From all of us at Tudor Oak.