What do professional footballers do when they finally hang up their boots? Become a manager or coach? TV pundit, perhaps? The ex Blackburn Rovers, Tottenham Hotspur and Wales star, Mike England found an alternative path to success when he retired from the game as a partner in what is now a thriving timber importing business.
Mike England Timber Company Ltd was established in October 1969 jointly by the former international player and manager with his friend, & next-door neighbour, timber sales representative John Hardman. Keen to create a financially stable environment in which to bring up their growing family, John and his wife, Margery took Mike’s advice in the formation of the business, aiming to provide a competitive, quality product and service.
It was advice that proved very profitable as the company’s fortunes progressed steadily over the years as a result of considerable repeat business generated by its admirable commitment to quality and service. With turnover growing consistently and employee numbers increasing to match, the Mike England Timber Company Ltd was in a commanding position when John Hardman sadly died in 1987. With the backing of a loyal team and her immediate family, Margery continued at the head of affairs and the company continued to flourish. After this long and challenging period Margery “officially” retired in 1995, but still continues to ”pop-in” regularly.
Despite the tough times, including a devastating fire in 1991 and some difficult trading periods due to downturns in the economy, the company has maintained a stable position in the market place.
Today, Mike England Timber Co Ltd prides itself in the supply of the highest quality Redwood from Upper Gulf Swedish Sawmills, offering a wide range of machined timber and a bespoke machining service.
The continual investment in the latest technology and machinery has supported the enhancement of an extensive product range and complementary services including shrink wrapping, door casing production line, priming facility and Sikkens approved timber coating line.
With all timber stocks guaranteed to be sourced from sustainable forests, meeting the requirements of either FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council) or PEFC™ (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification Schemes), customers can be assured of receiving a product that is not only of top quality but also environmentally friendly.
Based on reputation for providing a quality product and consistent service, the company has built up a wide-ranging client base from PLCs to Limited Companies including Builders Merchants, DIY Outlets and sole traders.
A key element to the company’s success has to be attributed to its friendly approach and reliable service provided by a team of dedicated and experienced staff, many of whom have served the company over numerous years.
The aim for the company, based at Brindle Mill in Hoghton, near Preston is to consolidate its position within its geographical area whilst developing a first class national delivery service. Ideally situated at the centre of the North West’s motorway network of M6/M61 and M65, the company’s long held policy of not becoming too complacent and moving forward at every possible opportunity is sure to see it achieve many more goals in the future.