What sets Woodberry apart?
“Since we started dealing with Woodberry 2-years ago we have found their products not only to be of good quality but also of eye-catching designs prompting positive comments from our operations teams and our customers. Additionally, the team at Woodberry are always very helpful in dealing with inquiries, helping with last minute orders and at times producing bespoke orders to fit our requirements they really do provide an excellent all-round service
Commercial Manager, Pub Group, London
A little bit of history…
The Barr family arrived in Leamington Spa in the mid 1800’s. Thomas Barr and his wife Mary-Anne had a son; William Thomas Barr in 1842. Father and son set up their business as “paperhangers”. William’s son Arthur was born in 1870 and William set up “Arthur Barr & Sons” selling hardware and paraffin; a mobile service starting with a horse and cart, quickly modernising with the introduction of a motorised vehicle!
Continuing to move with the times, the Barr’s soon turned their hand to working with timber; a skill passed down from generation to generation.
In the early part of the new millennium, an opportunity arose to slightly diversify their hand-made hutch business into producing and supplying outdoor furniture. In 2002, James and Christopher Barr formed Woodberry of Leamington Spa.
Our mission at Woodberry of Leamington Spa is to serve the outdoor leisure trade with a good range of quality furniture. We are passionate about great design meeting functionality and we build and source our products to withstand heavy, regular use in the commercial environment. This totally reflects our ideals of value for money and integrity of service.
We’re doing this by:
- Succeeding through working with our values at the heart of our business
- Delivering what our commercial customers need, on time, every time
- Being recognised as producing world class products
Listening is a key Woodberry attribute and we proactively work with our customers who provide us with practical ideas and feedback to make our furniture the best it can be for their customers.
Voted by the readers of “The Morning Advertiser” as their preferred outdoor furniture supplier, we are told that our customers love our high-quality products and enjoy the personal relationship we build; we’re not just another supplier, we really care!
Caring for our customers is of the up most importance as is our care for the world around us. Here are some interesting facts for you about us:
- Our ISO 9001/2008 certification ensures continuous improvement and we address environmental issues by using timber from assured sustained forestry resources
- Did you know, Woodberry are one of the only leading suppliers of outdoor furniture to the commercial hospitality market that are fully FSC® certified (FSC-C115839)? Visit the FSC website @ www.fsc-uk.org
- All of our cardboard waste is recycled
- We give our timber waste to a local charity for disabled persons, selling kindling wood
- Over 60% of our products are truly British
- Our team all come from the local area and we have a fabulous trained work force who have mastered the craftsman ship passed on by the Barr family
We have been manufacturing outdoor furniture for generations and we love what we do – we look forward to hearing from you soon!
Jim Barr – Partner
Jim is a senior founding Partner, and has 31 years’ experience in design and manufacture. He’s extremely resourceful and innovative to ensure Woodberry continues to grow and that both clients and staff always get the very best.
Chris Barr – Partner
Chris, a senior founding Partner, turns thoughts to actualities. His experience in design and production have transformed the simplest of ideas into top selling lines. He is concerned not to lose the “Woodberry Way” in quality, whilst bringing out innovative yet producible designs. This extends beyond actual products, to business developments.
Steve Grimes – Sales & Marketing
Steve comes from an engineering background, where his experience enabled him to become our production shop foreman, where he worked for many years. Since 2006 Steve has been part of our sales & marketing team, he has deep experience, excellent product knowledge and is always happy to offer superb help and advice.
Tim Barr – General Manager
The eldest son of Jim Barr, Tim was close to the heart of the organisation when Woodberry vision was born in 2002. A stout believer in the strong family ethos, he has always strived to develop the company and was appointed General Manager in February 2016. Tim has broad experience across many roles within the business, starting from a machining role where his love for working with wood was rooted, and he still keeps very close to production.
Doug Barr – Outdoor Furniture Consultant for Pub Groups and Hotels
Doug started in 2005, as a warehouse assistant, soon moving into sales where his passion lay. A people person, he particularly enjoys the face to face side of sales, loves seeing new customers, and helping them with their particular situation.
Howard Barr – Outdoor Space Consultant for Holiday Park & Hotel Groups
Howard joined the family business in 2010. With a deep aspiration for sales and marketing and firm belief in exceptional service, he became involved in sales and marketing in 2013 and was appointed as Marketing Manager in late 2015. His friendly, creative approach enables him to be strongly customer focused and discover innovative ways to help our customers.
Leonard Barr – Finance & Customer Service
In 2010, Leonard joined the family enterprise. His training and ability in finance enabled him to introduce key financial systems and reports that enabled Woodberry to run by the critical numbers. Leonard also has broad experience in customer service and sales, and enjoys speaking to customers, fresh ideas and growth.
Rick Barr – Assistant Production Manager
Rick joined the team in 2011 working mainly on the shop floor. He quickly gained experience and pioneered new systems to ensure the quality and accuracy of every piece of furniture. After training in Lean Principles and Practices, he graduated to assistant production manager, proving massive improvements in productivity as a result of putting these Lean Principles into practice.