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July 2023

As the UK’s Premier Doorset manufacturer, we are constantly working to provide the very best quality products and service to our customers. Behind the scenes, our incredible teams here in North Devon work tirelessly to ensure we can do just that.

We have recently completed a fire, enhanced security, and smoke test project in which our doors exceeded the required time for fire resistance. Our 30-minute doors lasted a tremendous 54 minutes in these tests, which is fantastic and shows the levels of protection and research we give to our fire doors. This then gives real peace of mind to our customers. We tested the configuration for enhanced security, and this passed through without any issues. Starting off was smoke testing where we achieved outstanding results. This consultancy, and of managing the process to get a doorset fully third party accredited, is something we always do and are committed to, and offers our customer a fully integrated doorset.

Another success we are extremely proud of is how we completed audit season with “flying colours”. We successfully maintained ISO 9001, Q-Mark fire door manufacture and Q-Mark enhanced security doorset manufacturing, along with recertification of our commitment to FSC. In addition, our first financial audit was another success, cementing Principal Doorsets as a medium sized business.

We take great pride in reflecting on our remarkable growth and achievements. From our humble beginnings as a small, partnership-owned business, in 2016, we have emerged as a leading supplier of bespoke timber doorsets.

Our investment within our site here in Barnstaple continues. Plans approved for a new building to aid our expansion and the new roof is complete, with solar panels well underway – watch this space.

It’s not just the growth of our building that we are investing in. We recently celebrated two additions to our senior management team with Nigel and Neil. We are thrilled to further announce the expansion of our lead project coordinator team, marking another milestone in our commitment to our exceptional staff. Our talented professionals share our unwavering passion for delivering superior products, and it is their dedication that has propelled our business forward over the past nine years.

To accommodate our continued growth, we have internally promoted two outstanding individuals who have proven their expertise and commitment to excellence. We warmly welcome John Freeman and Adam Grantham to our project team, where their unique skills and experience will contribute to our operations and ambitious growth objectives.

John, promoted to the role of project coordinator, is a highly experienced CNC programmer and setter and brings a wealth of manufacturing knowledge to our commercial team. His considerable experience in doorset manufacturing along with his expertise will help us optimise operations, manufacturing, purchasing, and enhance productivity, aligning perfectly with our growth aspirations.

Meanwhile, Adam, a qualified joiner by trade and a seasoned CNC setter, has been promoted to the role of project coordinator, a testament to his hard work and unwavering dedication. He will undergo training to ensure our products are detailed with the utmost quality and efficiency.

Together with Adam C, Aaron, and Ian, who have been instrumental in our project coordination efforts at our Barnstaple site, John and Adam form a formidable team that further strengthens our capabilities and capacity.

Stan Bond, Partner, and Director at Principal Doorsets, expresses his delight at these new appointments, stating, 

We are thrilled to welcome such talented and experienced professionals to our team. With their expertise, experience, and unwavering commitment to excellence, we are confident that they will drive our growth plans and contribute to our continued success in the years ahead.

“In today's highly competitive manufacturing industry, assembling an effective team is paramount to success. The revamped lead project coordination team brings fresh perspectives and new ideas to our project management processes, further enhancing our capabilities.

“We actively seek out the industry's best talent. Our aim is to recruit individuals who share our values and commitment to excellence. This investment has yielded remarkable results, with our team playing a pivotal role in our growth and success over the years. Through their expertise, dedication, and skills, Principal Doorsets has consistently delivered exceptional solutions that cater to the diverse needs of our clients. We look forward to even greater triumphs in the years ahead.”

Principal Doorsets stands as the UK's Premier Doorset provider, driven by an unwavering commitment to excellence and customer satisfaction. The recent accomplishments, including exceeding fire and smoke test expectations, obtaining certifications, and successfully completing audits, are a testament to our dedication to quality and safety.

As the company reflects on its journey from a small partnership to a leading supplier of bespoke timber doorsets, our continued growth and investment in infrastructure and talent highlight our expansion plans. The addition of experienced professionals like Nigel, Neil, John, and Adam to the senior management and project coordination teams further fortifies our capabilities.

With a focus on recruiting individuals who share our values and passion for superior products, Principal Doorsets emphasises the importance of assembling an effective team for success in the competitive manufacturing industry. Through the collective expertise, dedication, and skills of our exceptional staff, the company has consistently delivered remarkable solutions that cater to our clients' diverse needs.

Looking ahead, Principal Doorsets remains committed to pushing boundaries, embracing innovation, and delivering unparalleled products and services to our customers. With the support of our talented teams and continued investments in growth, we are poised for even greater triumphs.