County Durham wood firm feeling chipper after solid start to the year

The Wood Floor Company, which lists Gordon Ramsay as one of its many customers have more than doubled their workforce in the past two months after celebrating a record-breaking start to the year

The Floor Company directors Tom Cockerill and Sarah Fanning
The Floor Company directors Tom Cockerill and Sarah Fanning

County Durham wood specialists have more than doubled their workforce in the past two months after celebrating a record-breaking start to the year.

The Wood Floor Company, which lists celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay as one of its many customers, has spent thousands of pounds on renovating its premises on Whessoe Road in Darlington.

Directors Tom Cockerill and Sarah Fanning are expecting turnover to at least double this year after increasing staff numbers from eight to 16 in the last two months.

The pair have spent £35,000 on their purpose-built facility, which is now officially the largest Ted Todd and Atkinson & Kirby showroom in the UK, and now hope to hit a £1m-a-year target.

Cockerill said: “Orders are starting to go through the roof and the number of people we’re getting through the door has exceeded our expectations. Last year we turned over £400,000 and we’re on course to do about £800,000 as it stands, but the target is to hit the £1m mark by February 2015.”

The Wood Floor Company is the only official Ted Todd showroom between Edinburgh and Manchester, with about 75% of business coming from domestic home owners and the rest through commercial and public sector.

Cockerill personally worked on a new kitchen for Gordon Ramsay’s Wandsworth Common home in South London.

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