Chris Wood, managing director of Lomax + Wood Limited, has acquired controlling interest in the company following a buyout of his three partners to become sole shareholder. After joining Lomax + Wood Limited in June 2013 the company has experienced major changes including the rebranding of Ambass-A-Door Limited to Lomax + Wood Limited. This has been delivered hand-in-hand with the development of a new website, the introduction of a technical IT system, the upgrading of product designs and a broadening of the overall product offering.
“As well as our traditionally-styled period sash windows, casements and doors in the popular Kensington & Chelsea range we now offer aluminium clad casement windows and tilt turn windows,” says Chris Wood. “All of our products are made-to-order and we offer customers a comprehensive service which includes technical design, manufacture and installation.
“Our success is based on good management and marketing in what is undoubtedly a mature and competitive market. The company has gone from producing approximately 600 top quality timber windows and doors to around 1400 units in this financial year,” continues Wood.
Wood plans to increase staffing levels and appoint directors who have an established expertise in the industry with rewards for motivated team members. “With a long list of customer contacts and the recruitment of Andrew Goding as sales director, Lomax + Wood have doubled the turnover in a short period of time. Many specifiers on our customer base are new to the company and their repeat business is a very encouraging sign.”
Investment in a new and strategically based Essex showroom, which is just five minutes from the main A12 and close to Shenfield British Rail station with its fast train link to the centre of London, is a sign of Wood’s growing confidence in the market. “The Essex showroom, due for completion in December ’14, has allowed us to create a first class working showcase environment with custom built, full size, structural stands in brick with stone sub-cills. This will allow our clients to view full sized, show stopping products more representative of what they will be selecting for their own properties and buildings rather than small car-boot samples,” continues Wood.
Production is primarily based in Poland working to Lomax + Wood’s tried and tested designs. “Our key manufacturing partner is able to meet the made-to-order nature of period British properties and we plan to expand this manufacturing facility. However, it is important that we are not restricted to a single partner and we have sourced different products from other countries and other manufacturers. This will allow us to secure the best products, of the very best technical design and quality, in order to meet our customer’s brief with the shortest possible lead times and at competitive prices. Having previously manufactured in the UK I also plan to source locally whenever I can. We already buy our timber roof lanterns in the UK, and I value the heritage and expertise of those in our industry.” Further expansion is planned in 2015.