A quick visit to Welch Fencing’s well designed, e-commerce website (www.gardenfence-panels.co.uk) suggests that this is one smart operator that really does mean business.
It’s a veritable one stop shop for all things fencing!
The Preston-based firm, founded 45 years ago by Bill Welch, is focused on getting it right and is being rewarded by consistent, year on year growth with 2020 representing another increase in turnover despite the obvious obstacles related to a global pandemic.
Bill’s son, Neil Welch, is now holding the reigns as MD of a business that employs 45 staff servicing a flourishing trade and retail customer base
He explained: “We deliver nationwide form our depot in Preston and supply over 100 companies with 32 tonne loads of concrete posts and bases that we manufacture on site.
“We also supply our retail customers who can place orders or by phoning our sales team. We also have local traders that collect direct from our yard.
“There is an excellent management team in place, all committed to the smooth running of the business and future growth . We have our Production Manager Mark Taylor, Yard Manager Richard Bailey along with Office Manager Craig Brown as well as my two sons who are very active in the decision making and overall running of the business on a day to day basis.
“We supply a wide variety of garden fence products including panels, posts and bases etc and sell all of the individual items needed for fence maintenance as well as a wide range of aggregates required to fit the fences.
“There’s also a cutting service that we provide that can create bespoke panels of specific sizes as well as cutting bases down. In addition, we can make panels wider than standard for those odd ends.
“We focus on supply but also do subcontract out work from time to time using a trusted network of contractors. They work alongside us to provide estimates on our behalf.
“Welch Fencing also offers an elite range of fencing comprising of European panels that are all pressure treated for longevity and act as a unique alternative to our standard panels.
“Concrete posts and bases, reinforced with steel bars and produced in bulk on site, are our biggest sellers,” added Neil who sources his materials from companies across the UK.
Welch have recently invested in two new 32 tonne crane wagons which allows them to service more customers nationwide.
Regarding future investment, Neil commented: “We are always looking to expand and improve the business so watch this space!”
Keeping a fast moving business like Welch going in the midst of the Coronavirus emergency has proved to be no small challenge as Neil explained: “Covid-19 has affected the business in a variety of ways and it is very much a work in progress in order to keep up with strict government guidelines.
“We have instituted a lot of changes to working regulations and have put in place extra precautions in order to keep staff and customers safe. Reducing the amount of people allowed in the yard, ensuring masks are worn in enclosed spaces and weekly temperature checks have become part of our operations for example.”
Neil and his team are also aware of their community responsibilities, sponsoring a local church and football team Broughton Amateurs FC.
Whatever the future holds in these uncertain times, it’s clear that Welch Fencing will not be taking their eye off the ball. This is one firm for which the term ‘business as usual’ really does ring true.
Welch Fencing 22 Chain House Lane, Preston, Lancashire PR4 4LE 01772 336476 firstname.lastname@example.org