Benefits of Recent Re-location and Expansion Programme
In the autumn of 2004 the Directors made the important decision to embark on a re-location and expansion programme for the group. This entailed leaving the company’s long term home at Roach Road, Bow and moving to a purpose built facility; part of a thriving and well managed industrial complex.
This decision was of benefit to both communities, the Roach Road area is now being fully re-developed through a programme of urban renovation replacing several tired brown-field sites with modern developments.
By moving to new premises the company are helping to improve the economic conditions of the local community through job creation. The new facility is situated on a commercial estate which means that local residents are not inconvenienced by commercial vehicles waiting or unloading on the street. Commerce is therefore confined to the designated estate area.
Important Transport Considerations
The Woodford Trading Estate is situated close to the M11 and M25 motorways (see map), which also means that in a meaningful way the company is contributing towards reducing commercial traffic congestion and pollution in inner London.
Continuing on the transport theme, company policy is to use only return loads for the movement of veneers, wherever practical. This entails our main haulage contractor’s vehicles travelling into the capital, discharging their goods inwards and collecting our veneers for despatch in other parts of the country on their return – this again reduces commercial traffic and pollution.
As part of the recent expansion the company has acquired a new small goods vehicle with a 1.5 tonne capacity, this offers the facility to deliver up to a full crate of raw veneer or jointed layons in London and the surrounding areas without resorting to less environmentally friendly heavy goods vehicles. For smaller deliveries within the UK the company use private courier companies as an acknowledged way of providing our clients with an overnight service that we feel to be the best possible use of resources.
The Local Community
Wherever possible the company uses local businesses to help promote and generate wealth in the community, for example the following services and products are sourced from local companies: printing and stationary items, machine maintenance, packaging materials, office cleaning and waste disposal services.
D F Richards are supporting the local schools and colleges by donating off-cuts of veneer that would otherwise be disposed of by commercial waste management companies. These off-cuts are used for marquetry and other craft uses.