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Growth and investment

For any business to grow, you have to invest where it matters and for Principal Doorsets that’s in our people, our machinery and our building. From the very beginning of this journey back in 2014, we have invested more than £1m every year back into the business. This approach has enabled us to grow in a sustainable way and to ensure we continue to provide customers with the best possible doors and doorsets on the market. Director Stan Bond said:

“We don’t often shout about our reinvestment, it’s just what we do. We started out with a handful of us that were committed to bringing doorset production back to North Devon and now we’ve grown the team to 60 people. In that time, we’ve moved premises, achieved some fantastic milestones, and take pride in continuing to supply the best possible products for our customers.”

Principal Doorsets began life after Barnstaple’s historic riverfront door factory closed down. Rob Llewellyn and Stan Bond knew the craftsmanship skills of local people and so established Principal Doorsets in 2014 before opening our first production facility in Bideford in 2015. A year later we took our first £1M order and by 2018 needed to relocate to larger premises in Barnstaple.

As we grew and expanded our machinery and team, we were in a position to win our first £2.5M order in 2020 and have continued to develop ever since. Today, the firm numbers 60 employees and the reputation that we have earnt allows us more opportunities to attract business as Stan continues:

“We don’t ever take anything for granted. Every job that passes through sales, design, production, and dispatch is just as important as the last one. We seek to make the experience as positive as possible and our after care is equally as important. From a business perspective we have been able to grow our customer base over the years and diversify away from just the construction industry to give us strength across many areas.”

The latest investment is in the Principal Doorsets building. A new roof is being installed section by section to allow production to safely continue. The roof will also be covered in solar PV panels to help lower our energy bills and contribute to our own net zero ambitions.