This weekend marked a very special event for us here at Dunster House. The grand opening of our fifth branch and show garden in Basingstoke. This successful launch is a culmination of hard work, effort and dedication by our team to ensure everything ran smoothly. The event was made even more special by the attendance of Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson to officially cut the ribbon.
Our Company founder Christopher Murphy, his wife Pamela, and Director Andy Murphy (their son) welcomed the Lord Lieutenant at 9am. The first thing on the schedule was to take him on a guided tour of our brand new offices. After seeing our offices, the tour continued into the display garden where the Lord Lieutenant was shown the large range of Log Cabins, Summerhouses, Climbing Frames, Garden Offices and Pet Houses which have all been constructed and dressed exactly how you would at home.
The Lord Lieutenant is an ex military man himself, having served in the Royal Green Jackets. In addition to attending both Haileybury and ISC in 1967 – 1972. He was very impressed to find out that we received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award earlier this year. This is for our continued support to the Defence and Armed Forces community including the Reserves, Service leavers, Veterans and their families. You can find out more surrounding the award, and the military offices under our employment, on our previous post on our blog.
After hearing about our reward, the Lord Lieutenant stated
“Being an ex serviceman myself, I am very pleased with Dunster House who support and deal with the Armed Forces”
After being taken on tour of the grounds, the Lord Lieutenant enjoyed tea and nibbles with our team. Meanwhile learning a little more about the Company including the 40 new jobs that the opening of our new branch has created.
Giving a speech before the formal cutting of the ribbon to declare us officially open, the Lord Lieutenant stated:
“Whilst no two family businesses are the same, I am pleased to hear this family business has been going for so long. I hope that the second generation will successfully take over this Company. Having been shown around the garden, I am very impressed with the quality of the products and the innovation and creation of each new product. For me, this has been a great day and I have learned a huge amount.”
Having been with the Company since they opened 22 years ago, primarily as a windows and doors supplier before expanding to Garden Buildings, for Director Andy Murphy the Grand Opening was a day for reflection;
“Being here today and seeing our stunning Basingstoke branch reminds me of our first display garden. Also how fortunate we’ve been to see our fifth branch opening today. With plans to open our sixth later this year. We always aim to decorate our gardens in the same high quality as our very first. It has taken a lot of hard work, time and commitment but I am very pleased with the end result.”