Wilkins Joinery has been operating for over 30 years as a family-run business, with Neil Wilkins and his two sons, plus a committed workforce. The company’s workshop in leafy Weston on the Green, Oxfordshire works on a wide range of timber-based projects locally and further afield, producing high quality bespoke joinery including windows, doors, staircases, furniture, kitchens and other timber structures like conservatories and orangeries.
As the business has grown, Wilkins Joinery has expanded its facilities to incorporate an increased workshop, spray booth area, larger offices and a show room.
The increased work space provided room for a 1Stop service from Quest Hardware. This is a lockable cupboard that stores all the consumables that Wilkins Joinery needs to run its workshop on a daily basis. Wilkins Joinery only pays for the items after they have been opened for use and Quest performs stock checks and re-stocks the cupboard as required. Example items in the 1Stop are PVA adhesive, abrasives, paint brushes, masking tape, screws and drill bits.
Neil Wilkins, director at Wilkins Joinery, comments: “Having a 1Stop means that we have all the things we need to complete our day to day work on hand. When we buy specialist ironmongery we call the Quest customer support team and our items are delivered promptly.”
The showroom area demonstrates the craftsmanship involved in creating a range of timber doors and a selection of ironmongery from Quest. This includes a range of traditional style ironmongery. Examples are forged metal, which is hand crafted by a blacksmith, black antique and plain Gothic made from malleable iron, available finishes include pewter, black, beeswax and bronze.
The spray booth area has a Smart Spray overhead conveyor system from Runners, part of Quest. This simple system has improved the efficiency of spraying and drying timber windows.
Neil adds: “By hanging the windows from the ceiling and rotating them as needed this makes producing a perfect finish a breeze and saves time as the windows dry quickly, plus it reduces the number of staff needed to complete spray work.”
Steve Hanson, sales at Quest comments: “I visit Wilkins Joinery on a regular basis and complete a stock check on the 1Stop, agree what needs to be replenished and advise on any other items the workshops needs, including power tools, additional consumables and ironmongery. I also keep Wilkins Joinery informed about our latest deals and new products.”
Daniel Wells, director at Quest Hardware comments: “It’s fantastic to see our customers expand facilities, we always look to develop services that facilitate business growth and deliver workshop efficiencies.”