An editorial piece featured in the Basingstoke Observer:
Dunster House Ltd, UKs leading timber Garden Buildings Company, welcomed Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant Nigel Atkinson to the grand opening of their Basingstoke branch this weekend.
Welcomed by company founders Christopher and Pamela Murphy, along with their son Director Andrew Murphy. The Lord Lieutenant was taken on a guided tour of the brand new offices on Hampshire Industrial Business Park before being shown around the vast range of Garden Buildings.
On display in their newly designed gardens including the brand new Chunky Offices. Whilst being shown around the branch, the Lord Lieutenant heard all about Dunster Houses growing Humanitarian range . It has recently secured a contract with leading charity Oxfam to supply superstructures, squatting plates and raised latrines for the next two years.
In a speech given before the formal cutting of the ribbon and official opening of the branch, the Lord Lieutenant expressed how impressed he was with the new branch. Also, how it has created 40 new job opportunities within the local area.
In his own words
“Whilst no two family businesses are the same, I am pleased to hear this family business has been going for so long and 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.”
An ex military man himself, having served in the Royal Green Jackets and attended Haileybury and ISC between 1967 – 1972. Lord Lieutenant Atkinson was very impressed to hear that Dunster House received the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award earlier this year.
This award recognises businesses who give their continued support to the Defence and Armed Forces community. Including the Reserves, Service leavers, Veterans and their families. Five of the six branch managers currently under our employment are ex Non-Commissioned Officers with at least five more employed in other roles.
Speaking at the launch, Lord Lieutenant Atkinson said
“Being an ex serviceman myself, I am very pleased with Dunster House who support and deal with the Armed Forces”
Director Andrew Murphy was happy with how well the launch went. He also reflected on how far the Company have come. Especially since opening their first Garden Buildings branch and display garden 15 years ago. After expanding from windows and doors;
“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. In addition to 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.”