Wren is flying the flag for UK manufacturing
By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 26 Feb 2019
Evolving Humber success story, Wren Kitchens, has been awarded the Made In Britain marque in recognition of its commitment to manufacturing excellence.
The Barton-based company manufactures all its kitchens at three state-of-the-art factories in the area, using the latest production technologies.
The accolade comes as Wren this year celebrates its 10th anniversary, a decade in which it has gone from a standing start to become the UK’s leading kitchen retailer. A total of 77 showrooms are now open nationwide, with orders fed from Barton, Scunthorpe and Howden production facilities.
Mark Pullan, Wren’s managing director, said: “We are very proud of our British manufacturing heritage. All our kitchens are designed, developed and built in the UK to the highest standards. We are committed to manufacturing affordable luxury kitchens here in Britain and this makes us unique in the kitchen market. We have created thousands of jobs in the UK and are delighted to have so many passionate, dedicated and exceptionally talented people working within the Wren family. We are happy to be joining like-minded businesses at Made In Britain and look forward to being part a strong brand that promotes British manufacturing.”
Around 2,000 kitchens a week are delivered fully built, including all doors, drawers, wirework and baskets, and Wren has supplied kitchens worth over £1 billion in the last three years.
The company, which launched in East Yorkshire before migrating south and expanding into the huge former Kimberly-Clark base on Falkland Way, pictured below, employs nearly 4,300 staff and owns its complete supply chain, delivering kitchens from its factories in its own fleet of lorries to the rapidly expanding showroom network. It plans to open 18 more in 2019.
Made In Britain brings together the best manufacturers in the UK, through the use of its registered collective mark. It guarantees that members’ products are made in Britain and comply to the highest standards.
Mr Pullan said that Wren prides itself on exceptional quality standards and customer service. It is the only company to have been awarded gold for both product and installation by the Furniture Industry Research Association and only works with professional installers.
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John Pearce, chief executive of Made In Britain, said: “Wren is an outstanding example of a high-quality manufacturing business flying the flag for British-made products. Its impressive journey to being the country’s leading kitchen retailer in just 10 years is testament to the management team’s ambition and vision. It’s great to see that its sights are set firmly on continued future growth, despite the economic challenges a lot of sectors are currently facing.
“Its founding principles of sustainability, excellence and transparency throughout its supply chain are perfectly aligned with the values of Made in Britain, and we’re proud to have Wren as a member.”
Wren has already been named one of the best employersin the UK, and is listed in The Sunday Times Grant Thornton Top Track 250 league table of fast-growing UK companies.