It has been a meteoric rise over the past two decades for Kent-based Four Seasons Fencing Ltd and there’s every indication that the momentum will continue.
Founded in 2001 by current owner Graeme Allison, the business started out principally as an agricultural fencing contractor across Kent and Sussex but has since diversified both in terms of its geographical reach and the range of products and services it can offer to trade and domestic customers across the South East and further afield.
Office Manager Michelle Swift, who has been with the firm since 2018, took up the story: “We pride ourselves on providing competitively priced, high quality products along with excellent customer service as well as applying continual improvement to our business operations. We are always seeking ways to move forward.
“We moved to our current location on Coles Industrial Estate in Bethersden fifteen years ago and introduced retailing two years later. In 2018 we transferred to larger premises within the site and constructed purpose built offices and a retail shop. We utilise approximately 60% of our 2.5 acre site with a number of smaller units rented out to other tenants.
“There are two divisions to the business. The manufacturing and retailing of fencing and landscaping products to the local domesticand trade markets and also our contracting division where we carry out the full supply and install of all types of security and commercial fencing.
“Our very first employee, Dave Batt, heads up the retail side of the business to this day. His vast experience in fencing and his focus on customer service have been paramount in the continued development of the retail division.
“The retail arm stocks a wide selection of pressure treated tantalised timber, cleft and peele chestnut fencing, a wide range of closeboard, waney and European panels, timber entrance and field gates, chestnut gates, galvanised field gates, a range of garden furniture, wide range of wire netting from Tornado, electric fencing, steel palisade fencing and steel palisade gates in various heights and widths.
“We have constantly built up our workshop facilities where we can now make a lot of our own finished products including timber panels, trellis and gates and can carry out morticing and machining for bespoke items. This allows us to provide our customers with same day turnaround on bespoke items where the need arises.
“We have our own fleet of vans and lorries and so deliveries are almost always carried out by our own delivery drivers with the exception of when we use couriers for nationwide orders,” added Michelle.
Peter Richards who heads up the Contracting Division has been with the company for 14 years. Peter joined the company as a fence installer and went on to become Contracts Manager and Estimator.
Peter commented: “All of our fencing installers are experienced and hold CSCS qualifications along with PTS accreditation to cover the work we carry out within the rail environment. Operatives also hold a range of additional various CITB credentials to ensure the highest standards of compliance and professionalism.
“As a company we hold RISQS, run our own in-house H&S accredited management system and where necessary we bring in external Health and Safety consultancy for specialist
“Four Seasons boasts the latest certifications for ultimate peace of mind including Alcumus Safe Contractor status, CIRAS membership and QMS ISO 9001. We are also a Constructionline Gold member and have a waste carrier licence.
“Around 70% of our contracting workload encompasses the South East with the balance further afield and usually for existing clients and larger contracts.
“Our clients include large Blue Chip construction companies, railway contractors, property developers, Utilities and the likes. We recognise that not all ‘off the shelf’ fence systems suit every environment and so we have the in-house ability to fabricate bespoke systems. This includes pedestrian guardrails, drivers’ screens, platform extension fencing and mesh litter screens.
“We also undertake work for a wide variety of schools whether directly or on behalf of councils. The work ranges from smaller timber fencing projects right through to the supply and installation of fully automated access-controlled gates and barriers.
“Working in conjunction with various automation systems, Four Seasons Fencing offers a wide and varied platform dependent on requirement whilst also maintaining the necessary levels of workmanship and safety to comply with the very latest regulations and directives.
“We work alongside architects to achieve desired outcomes and offer a free site survey that provides the customer with a detailed written quotation. Projects are managed in-house from start to finish with post project support provided where necessary including the production of relevant O&M manuals.
“For securing perimeters we have a range of railings, steel palisade or welded mesh panel systems along with gates to match. We offer a range of fencing whether it be demarcation fencing, bollards, armco barriers, hooped barriers, knee rail and post and rail to help with parking, flow of traffic and people around customers’ businesses,”added Peter.
Four Seasons has recently completed a refurbishment of their site giving around an extra half acre of customer parking and retail storage space.
Michelle continued: “TheCovid-19 pandemic has seen us introduce restrictions on site visits and client meetings however railway works have continued as they are classed as essential works.
“The retail shop has been extremely busy as householders on lockdown carry out garden refurbishments. Our continued work on our website and on-line presence has been vital during the pandemic in allowing trading to continue at good levels.
“We have adapted well to the new normal with customer and staff safety always remaining paramount,” she concluded.
It’s clear that Four Seasons Fencing’s flexibility and focus has contributed to their impressive year on year growth. As the business celebrates its 20th anniversary, it’s safe to say that their success story will continue long into the future.