Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise

Highlands business sows seeds for growth with UK-wide franchise

The Highlands-based bespoke garden design company WoodBlocX has announced a partnership with independent landscape provider, Urban Planters.

WoodblocX will supply street furniture and planters for public spaces, accommodation schemes and retail and hospitality outlets.

The two businesses will also work to offer a similar supply and installation service to domestic customers.

After making their mark in 2012 with a successful appearance on BBC1’s Dragon’s Den, WoodBlocX’ products have been used up and down the country.

Thousands of the Lego-like wooden planter kits have been sold for both domestic gardens and commercial installations, such as the entrance to Westfield Shopping Centre in London.

The company has announced a partnership with Urban Planters, a national franchise specialising in interior and exterior landscaping and plant displays.

WoodBlocX director Henry Blake said: “In the beginning, most of our customers were buying individual structures for the garden. But as the business has grown, so has the scale of the designs we produce for domestic gardens.

“Customers buying individual kits tend to build their own structures and really enjoy doing so, but those looking to install larger scale structures and garden redesigns need some professional support, therefore a partnership with Urban Planters is ideal.

“The company is a franchise and has teams based in different areas of the UK, helping us to keep costs down for our customers whilst offering added value in the form of professional installation.”

WoodBlocX is a family-run business which operates from a sawmill in Dingwall in the Scottish Highlands.

The company designs, manufactures and produces a patented system of interlocking timber blocks that can be used to create a wide variety of external structures including street furniture, raised planters and retaining walls.

Each wooden block is made from the highest quality FSC accredited Scottish pine, which is pressure treated twice and pre-drilled, making it strong and long-lasting.

WoodBlocX harvest and manufacture the timber themselves, allowing full quality control throughout the production process.

The sawmill, from which the business operates, belonged to managing director, Henry Blake’s great-great-great grandmother and dates back more than a century.

The business has been providing employment to generations of people from Dingwall and the surrounding towns and villages since 1890 and currently employs eight in the main office and 56 in the sawmill.