We do everything possible to ensure the materials we use are of the highest standard and that the woods we select come from sustainable resources. Our highly skilled craftsmen and designers are passionate about creating products that combine aesthetic appeal with genuine durability.
A large proportion of our success as a group can be attributed to our focus on product design. Our investment in product development has played a vital part in our success and we’re committed to it being key to our future growth.
We have built on our unrivalled heritage and knowledge accumulated over years to maintain our position as market leaders in our field. This combined expertise will help us develop a stronger bond of trust with all customers, suppliers and colleagues alike.
The Archwood Group is comprised of:
• Purpose built commercial support centre in Chester.
• Satellite sales office in Livingston servicing the Scottish market.
• State of the art and award winning manufacturing facility in Chirk
(EEF Investment in People).
• Modern national distribution centre and warehousing in the
border town of Oswestry (WMS).
With over 100 years of manufacturing experience and knowledge, Richard Burbidge is the premium quality product range with a specialism centred on complex joinery projects
including stair refurbishments and decking projects.
“While we’re proud of our heritage, we’re continuously working to develop the next generation of high quality timber products. Our dedicated team of product designers are constantly looking at new materials and styles to develop innovative new products, in line with the latest design trends.”
For details of the certification we carry on on all our products, including FSC®,PEFC™ FIRA and ISO visit: http://richardburbidge.com/downloads/trade-certificates
Sales team - dedication to you.
Our after-sales support is second to none. With dedicated technical, design, and customer service professionals on hand every step of the way, you are never without support.
This support, combined with excellent margins and minimal stock outlay, make it a range that’s easy to stock.
In-store execution - personal service.
Our devotion in supporting retailers and stockists doesn't stop at providing market-leading in-store displays and point of sale options for customers, but is found in everything we do to effectively communicate with end-users.
Deliveries - expect nothing less.
With our state-of-the-art production facility and office complex, we can provide the excellent delivery, customer support and accounting services our customers expect. Delivered on time in full and with our care and handling.
Call 01691 678300 or visit www.richardburbidge.com for more information.
“The combination of range, environmental commitment and timber know-how makes us the ideal choice for timber home improvement services for valued Independent Retailers and Merchants.”
Renowned for being the “one-stop-shop timber products supplier to the independent DIY retail and trade merchant sectors,” our customers value the broad range of products available in small quantities delivered in a single drop.
As a brand that has been established for over 80 years, we have extensive knowledge of the sourcing and manufacturing processes of timber.
Products - Our passion, our expertise, our knowledge.
Sales team - dedication to you.
Industry-leading service has been a hallmark of Masons Timber Products for over 80 years. Thanks to our devoted sales, and customer service teams, we will be offering this excellent service for many more years to come.
Deliveries - keeping our word.
With a dedicated fleet of delivery trucks, warehouse and back office support, Masons Timber Products ensures that every promise to every customer is honoured completely.
• 5 day flexible service.
• Nominated day consistent delivery schedule.
Call 01691 668 991 or visit www.masons-timber.co.uk for more details.
Atkinson & Kirby is a recognised specialist brand within the hardwood flooring industry and with over 100 years of trading history in the supply of flooring products to the contractor and retailer market sectors. Under the Atkinson & Kirby brand the Caledonian range of products are specifically tailored for the Merchant market.
“Our promise today is the same as it was then, through our sales team, our service team and our support team we promise to deliver the same levels of quality in everything we do.”
Sales team - our commitment to you.
From our dedicated sales team through to our warehousing and delivery team we give you the best service possible on each and every order.
• Merchant sales team.
• Contract and specialist retailer team.
Products - Our passion, our expertise, our knowledge.
Retail execution - dedicated to you
Our industry leading support together with our comprehensive range and our bespoke service ensures we continue to set the standard in the flooring industry.
• In-store display stands.
• Hand boards.
• Product samples.
Sample Service - personal service.
Flooring choice is driven by physical samples so the consumer can appreciate the unique appearance of wood.
• Complete hand cut sample service.
• Delivered either to store or direct to customer
Call us on 01695 573 234 or visit www.akirby.co.uk for more information
The Archwood Group, which consists of stairparts and mouldings manufacturer Richard Burbidge, flooring manufacturer Atkinson & Kirby and Masons Timber Products, is proud to introduce its new leadership team, helping to ensure a bright future for its merchant partners. The message is simple: we’ve listened and we’re ready to deliver.
The team in place to execute the new merchant focused strategy is headed up by Tony Miles, the company's Chief Executive, Phil Lomas, Operations Director, Damian Bracken Commercial Director, Josh Burbidge, Business Development Director and Andy Simms, Financial Director.
With a combined experience of over 75 years in the timber industry, the team is well placed to deliver the next stage of growth for the Archwood Group, enabling it to become ‘the UK’s premier supplier of sustainable timber components’.
Chief Executive, Tony Miles joined the Archwood Group in February 2017. A well-known figure in the UK timber industry, Tony has worked in the trade for his entire career, in that time he has supported the trade through many external bodies. He currently holds the title of Director of the Confederation of Timber Industries.
Tony has a well-earned reputation for excellent customer service, driven by his strong customer engagement, product knowledge and employee development. He is now focused on building the right team to deliver the next stage of growth for the Archwood Group.
Phil Lomas, heading up operations brings with him many years’ experience in manufacturing excellence, and has for the last 12 years been working in timber manufacturing and distribution. His focus will be on maintaining the high quality products the Archwood Group is famous for, backed up by a reliable ultra-competitive service model.
Damian Bracken, Commercial Director brings over 16 years’ experience in the timber industry in sales and supply chain management. Damian’s expertise has been in building sales and product teams which are made up of great staff who can offer sound advice and a friendly support service.
Josh Burbidge has worked in a number of commercial areas of Archwood over the past 10 years. Josh has taken on responsibility for the Atkinson & Kirby brand and is investing in key people, new products and strengthening the brand offer.
The final member of the team is Andy Simms. Andy has worked in finance across a number of different sectors, and has been with the Archwood Group for a number of years. Andy has now stepped up to the role of Financial Director, completing the senior leadership team.
Speaking of the new appointments, Tony Miles, said: “The teams combined knowledge and experience in the timber industry will be highly beneficial in strengthening our position in the market.
Over the years, the Archwood Group has been fortunate enough to engage with a wide range of merchants, from large buying groups to independent family owned businesses. This knowledge and our combined experience has helped us formulate a clear strategy which puts the merchant customer at the forefront of our future business model”
Our principles are simple. We will not sell products direct to the public or our ‘customer’s customer’. We will always endeavor to add value through great products, delivered at the most competitive prices in order to allow our customer to manage their own margins and profitability. Our customers will always be allowed to choose whatever brand or product suits their business. Our role is to engage with our customers, help whenever we are invited to and never to dictate.
In 2018 Richard Burbidge will be launching a new range of products and services that will broaden the offering for our customers. The extensive manufacturing facilities and services within the Archwood Group will be further utilised to provide new and tailored timber products to align more closely with an individual merchant’s requirements.
Since Tony’s appointment, the Archwood Group has made a conscious effort to listen to its merchant customers and act on the feedback it has received. The new strategy places merchants at the forefront of the business, with new processes in place to ensure an improved service, and increased range of products moving forward.
With the team fully committed to executing this new strategy, merchants can expect to reap the rewards and benefits moving forward.
Atkinson & Kirby has boosted its growing specification team with the appointment of Andrew Smyth as Specification Sales Manager for London and the South East.
Prior to his role at Atkinson & Kirby, Andrew worked with some of the industry’s best known wood flooring brands, building his career with Kährs, Ted Todd and more recently, Boen.
Having worked in the industry since 1996, Andrew’s vast sales experience has led him to work in a variety of sectors, including the retail and specification markets, where he was responsible for producing and presenting RIBA CPD’s, designing showroom and display concepts as well as creating sales training packages.
Commenting on his new role, Andrew said: “I’m excited to be joining the team at Atkinson & Kirby. With my knowledge and experience in the flooring sector, I am confident I will deliver what is asked, helping to take the brand to the next level.”
Josh Burbidge, Director of Flooring at Atkinson & Kirby, said: “Andrew’s 20 years’ experience and thorough understanding of the timber market will stand him in great stead for his new Specification Sales Manager role at Atkinson & Kirby. We’re pleased to have him on board during an exciting period for the brand, and look forward to seeing the outcome of his targeted approach to the role.”
The Archwood Group has announced the appointment of Tony Miles as the company's new Chief Executive, with effect from February 1st 2017.
Tony Miles joins Archwood from International Timber, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Building Distribution, where he has been Managing Director since 2007, having initially joined the group in 1979, where he and his team were responsible for achieving sustained growth. well-known figure in the UK timber and wood products industry, Tony Miles has worked in this sector for his entire career. He is a past president of the North West Timber Trade Association and is currently a board member of the Confederation of Timber Industries.
He has a well-earned reputation for driving customer service in both the merchanting and manufacturing sectors and has a track record of strong employee engagement and people development.
Archwood Group Executive Chairman, Marcus Moir, said: “We are delighted to have attracted someone with Tony's outstanding qualities as our next CEO. His depth and breadth of industry experience and many years of commercial and business leadership will play a vital part in forging the next chapter in our growth and development.”
Tony Miles commented: “I was drawn to Archwood initially because of the first class and long standing reputation of its brands in the timber products market. This is a great opportunity to lead the business and further develop both the people and the company’s portfolio of products and brands in the coming years".
Richard Burbidge is releasing a pre-Christmas radio campaign to highlight its new Deck the Halls’ promotion. The campaign is set to hit three popular airwaves, week commencing 31st October. The advert encourages homeowners to transform their halls, stairways and landings in the run up to the festive season.
Designed to drive consumer demand for professional installers, two different versions of the commercial will be aired on popular radio stations; talkSPORT, Classic FM and Jazz FM. Both adverts, trade and consumer, promote the Richard Burbidge range and latest cash back offer, where you can receive up to £150 worth of Amazon vouchers when you spend over £750 on Richard Burbidge stair parts..
The campaign aims to also increase the demand for the nationwide network of Richard Burbidge Premier Centres, where installers are guaranteed to find an in-depth range of Richard Burbidge stairparts in stock at all times.
With a reach of over 5.5 million listeners a week (RAJAR June 2016), Classic FM is one of the UK’s most popular radio stations. Teamed with Jazz FM and talkSPORT, the Richard Burbidge campaign will reach an audience of over 9.1 million across trade and consumer platforms.
Paul Lerigo, Group Marketing Director, said:
The new campaign aims to encourage more homeowners to upgrade their stair parts in time for Christmas. In turn, this will help to increase the demand for installers, especially with the high profile consumer trend towards ‘do it for me’ and ‘improve if you can’t move’, combined with the voucher redemption scheme, professionals can be rewarded for their installations.”
Open up your Options with Richard Burbidge
Richard Burbidge, the timber specialist, has launched Elements Options, a new range of contemporary stairparts that include, glass, wrought iron, chrome and brushed nickel spindle in fills.
Ideal for domestic refurbishment and projects requiring a contemporary twist, the Elements Options range is easy to fit, while maintaining a high-end look and feel. The products are available in white oak and are supplied with gun-metal connectors and fittings making them ideal for a wide range of applications.
The Elements Options range enables contractors to provide something visually impressive, with minimum mess and disruption to the household. The pre-drilled handrail and baserail systems come with pre-cut spindles, which means the balustrades can be installed in less than a day, making stair parts a quick win for trade professionals.
Paul Martin, Group Product and Marketing Manager, from Richard Burbidge said, “In recent years we have invested heavily in product development, creating contemporary designs using different materials to give your customers the widest choice possible.
Atkinson & Kirby is investing in the future of the business with the appointment of a new team member.
Sam Okyere has been appointed as Business Development Manager and will be working closely with Atkinson & Kirby’s customers in the South of England, Isle of Wight, and The Channel Islands.
With over 15 years of experience in the flooring sector, Sam brings a wealth of expertise to the role having previously worked for PERGO, the inventors of laminate flooring.
Sam comments: “I am excited by this new opportunity and look forward to growing the business. My key aim is to increase awareness of Atkinson & Kirby’s strong brand throughout the Specification and Interior Design sector.”
Josh Burbidge, Group Commercial Director for the Archwood Group, stated: “We are thrilled to welcome Sam to the team, his experience and expertise will prove an excellent addition. At Atkinson & Kirby we are committed to investing in people, and this in turn enables us to increase the support we offer our customers.”
Staircase balustrade specialist Richard Burbidge has launched a nationwide network of Premier Centres, consisting of merchant partners offering retail excellence
Richard Burbidge’s Premier Centres have been designed to help to make selecting staircase renovation projects easy for trade customers. Located across the UK, Premier Centre customers are guaranteed to find an in-depth range of Richard Burbidge staircase balustrade parts in stock at all times.
Each centre will be equipped with in-store displays holding four popular product ranges, instantly available to complete any hallway project. Displays of Richard Burbidge’s premium ranges including IMMIX FUSION ELEMENTS and TRADEMARK will also be on show, as well as brochures and guides to support customers.
Premier Centres will also benefit from the Design Team referral scheme, making ordering products quick and easy and enabling merchants to maximise sales while providing customers with expert technical back up from the Richard Burbidge team..
Paul Lerigo, marketing director for The Archwood Group, said: “The Premier Centres are designed to enable merchants to take advantage of the opportunities in the staircase balustrade market, by simplifying the buying process to help merchants and their clients – whether they’re homeowners or installers to make the most of this sector.”
As part of the Brocco On The Park Hotel refurbishment Atkinson & Kirby’s Heritage Oak LivLoc range has been installed to provide stylish flooring in the hotel’s eight bedrooms.
Sheffield’s Brocco on the Park, formally known as the Peace Guest House, is inspired by the peace dove of their rumored and most renowned guest, Pablo Picasso, where he is believed to have stayed on his trip to the Peace Conference in 1950.
After falling into disrepair, Tina Carr, bought and converted the hotel in 2014. Sheffield Flooring Solutions installed the flooring throughout the hotel as part of the wide scale refurbishment project. The bedroom flooring was chosen to mirror the classic elegance of the hotel’s colour scheme.
Paul Lerigo, Marketing Director for The Archwood Group said: “We are very proud that our LivLoc range has been chosen as a valuable edition to the hotel. Our wide range of slip resistance flooring makes us ideal for hotel applications such as this.”
Lisa Beardsmore, from Sheffield Flooring Solutions said: “Our bespoke fitting service makes projects such as this as quick and seamless as possible. It was also very important to us that we provided a secure and functional flooring for Tiina and we felt confident that Atkinson & Kirby’s LivLoc range would deliver on style and performance. The LivLoc range is not only aesthetically pleasing but robust and durable, providing unbeatable quality.”
Tiina Carr, from Brocco On The Park said: “The flooring provides that all-important first impression for guests, offering high-end interior design as soon as they walk through the door. Sheffield Flooring Solutions provided a very friendly and helpful service and I would definitely recommend them to other hotel businesses.”
High Margin, Low Risk, & Fast Stock Turn - the perfect retail solution for DIY centres looking to increase mouldings sales
Call 0800 021 4887 for more information or to place an order alternatively, speak to your area sales manager today.
Installation Issues with a Newel Post?
We recognise that sometimes the existing installation can have problems. One common problem is that the newel base is not correctly ﬁnished. It can either have been cut too short, or be damaged toward the top.
The Utility Newel range are over-sized newel tops that can be used to restore correct full newel dimensions. They are simply ﬁtted like a normal newel, and trimmed to size.
The newel posts are available in plain or stop chamfered styles with a height up to 1000mm. Pine and White oak options are available. Fitting instructions for Newel posts from the Richard Burbidge range can be found here.
The new range is inspired by current trends with ten contemporary colours, as well as oiled, brushed and lacquered finishes, designed specifically to combine durability and functionality to suit a wide range of tastes and applications.
Paul Lerigo, Marketing Director for Atkinson & Kirby said: “The new range is quick and simple to navigate. The benefits include single block thickness, which allows for mix and match of colours if desired and it is suitable for use with underfloor heating, making it a popular option for residential and commercial applications alike.”
A range of high quality profile trims and accessories are also available to make installation as quick and simple as possible, as well as ensuring that the flooring project is finished to the highest possible standards.
Atkinson & Kirby is the leading name in flooring industry, and is also part of the Archwood Group, which includes sister brands, Richard Burbidge and Masons Timber Products, so Atkinson & Kirby’s customers can benefit from exciting cross brand opportunities.
Celebrity property developer and TV presenter Sarah Beeny has chosen Atkinson & Kirby’s parquet flooring to provide a stylish finish to her kitchen, hall and basement as part of a home makeover project.
Atkinson & Kirby’s parquet flooring provides unbeatable visual appeal, as well as a robust and durable flooring option to withstand knocks and dents.
Paul Martin, Channel Marketing Manager, for Atkinson & Kirby said: “We are very proud that our flooring has been chosen as a valuable edition Sarah Beeny’s home makeover. Having a celebrity endorse our products is fantastic exposure for the brand.
“Our off-the-shelf availability makes us ideal for projects such as this, as we’re able to supply a quality product, on a quick turnaround at a competitive price.”
Talking about the project, Sarah Beeny said: “We’ve put in parquet flooring throughout our kitchen, hall and basement. I’m a huge parquet fan; it’s a fantastic all rounder, so hard wearing and lasts almost forever! It will get scratches and scrapes, but these add to a lovely ageing patina. I like the fact that it is so forgiving when you drop something on it and that it’s much cosier to walk on than cold stone or tiles. In the kitchen, we’ve it’s treated properly to avoid any water damage from spillages.”
Atkinson & Kirby is the specialist manufacturer and supplier of flooring within the Archwood Group. It's range includes Solid wood, Engineered wood,Laminate and Vinyl flooring direct to trade, retail outlets and contractors across the UK. Speak to your local Archwood sales representative for more information.
The new user-friendly guide contains full product information for Richard Burbidge’s extensive decking portfolio, including inspirational photography of the product ranges.
The guide provides a useful resource for retailers, merchants, trade professionals and consumers alike, from decking ideas, to ordering products the new brochure makes it quick and easy.
Paul Martin, Channel Marketing Manager for Richard Burbidge said: “Our new brochure provides our customers with the information they need in a simple and concise format, as well as providing inspiration for future projects.”
To request a copy of the new decking brochure contact your local Richard Burbidge sales representative, or download one here
Archwood, which operates under the Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products and Atkinson & Kirby brands, is investing in a new group commercial centre and improved centralised warehousing and distribution operations, to deliver further service improvements to customers nationwide.
The new plans will see a significant expansion of a national distribution centre, based in Oswestry, where the company has already a made substantial investment and created 25 new jobs in the past 12 months.
The centre will now distribute the Atkinson & Kirby flooring and moulding ranges, as well as Richard Burbidge branded products. This will lead to the closure of a smaller facility in Ormskirk. The investment plans also include the opening of a new group commercial centre in Chester, bringing together the commercial teams from Oswestry, Ormskirk and London into a modern, efficient facility.
The group’s primary manufacturing site remains at Chirk where, over the past three years, it has made significant investment in its production capability with the creation of 115 new jobs.
“This is the next phase in the development of Archwood, as a £50m leader in the timber home improvement market,” said Archwood’s group chief executive Steve Underhill. “We have defined brands and product ranges serving clear market sectors, and now, by consolidating into group centres, we can create operating efficiencies and improved customer benefits.
“The significant investment in our group distribution centre in Oswestry will simplify our supply chain and improve the service offering to our customers across the group. Increasing the focus of our commercial functions and bringing them together in one location gives us an excellent platform for future growth and will increase opportunities to deliver innovation across the brands, as well as providing a more creative office environment for our team.”
Subject to employee consultation, the proposed developments are due for completion by September 2015.
We are delighted to announce that from 29th September 2014, Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products, and Atkinson & Kirby plus all associated trading brands will come together and start trading alongside each other, as part of Archwood Ltd.
The creation of Archwood Ltd will bring our three businesses together offering a host of exciting benefits and opportunities for our customers. Business will continue as usual for the Richard Burbidge, Masons Timber Products, and Atkinson & Kirby brands, and moving forward, this will enable us to develop improvements in the way customers do business with us. Over the coming weeks we will keep you informed of these developments. If you have any queries in the meantime, please contact any of our business sites for further details.
Chief Executive Officer
This role will be overseeing the production machinery in the various units. Previous experience in a similar role would be an advantage, ideally with some machine setting knowledge. A can do attitude is essential and must be flexible in their working patterns.
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