Putting the craft in craftsmanship

In this issue, we’ve chosen to recommend Bluerun not only for its unbeatable capabilities of quality craftsmanship but also for its ability to manufacture bespoke joinery with unbelievable levels of quality and care without the use or aid of CAD or CNC.

Dee Newman, Finance Director at Bluerun Ltd presented the BCR Recommends Award

For over three decades, Bluerun has been at the forefront of construction industry manufacturing quality, bespoke joinery to the domestic and commercial markets. The company was initially established by John Jones, who is the current MD and Peter Clayden, but when Peter resigned in 2008 John, his wife Doreen and son Jeremy took over as sole owners. As a family they each bring their own expertise to the team, and to enable John to semi-retire in December 2019 his daughter, Dee Newman joined the team as Finance Director to help oversee the day-to-day running of the company as well as manage the accounts, payroll, quotations and managerial duties.

Overcoming the COVID-19 pandemic showed the true mark of how resilient the company and the people behind it really is. Finding the strength to battle against the odds and to persevere in the face of current stress only made Bluerun stronger.

Today, Bluerun is thriving in the current market. Upon reopening its doors in May 2020 the company has gone from strength to strength. Work flow has increased, and its reliable, successful and trusted brand is now known as one of the best in the joinery industry. So much so, this triumphant comeback has attracted big name brands such as Starbucks and Waitrose who are current clients of the company.

2022 was a great year for the company in terms of revenue and new business. It has managed to maintain a strong conversion rate despite the current economic crisis and has found that enquiries for larger jobs as opposed to ‘single window’ types of jobs has been more popular especially from domestic clients mimicking that of its regular commercial clients.

Bluerun has the capabilities to manufacture most things from timber, hardwood, softwood, panels and sheet material. Some common items the company can manufacture for the domestic building market include windows, doors (exterior and interior), bi-folding doors, staircases, bespoke storage units and wardrobes, all of which come with the option of being sprayed in primer or to a finish.

Alternatively, if you’re looking for items made from both hard and softwood or even veneered and painted panels, Bluerun can reproduce an array of items including replacement sashes, where it can manufacture a brand new one on a like for like basis, so the mouldings will match. “Similarly, if a domestic client has found an image of a door, for example, that they would like us to reproduce, we can usually do that. Recently we have started using a glass supplier that can supply us with stained glass effect units, complete with leading that has been aged and soldered, which looks absolutely breath-taking,” added Dee.

As mentioned above, Bluerun is unique in its approach to manufacturing as it has never used computer aided machinery for any designs. Dee mentioned, “All our products are crafted to perfection and finished by hand. Drawings are prepared with pencil and paper and everything that is manufactured by our team has been done so with the utmost attention to detail. We also have the ability to obtain colour matches of any paint colours for clients that would prefer something sprayed to a finish.”

Only producing purpose made joinery to client’s drawings and specifications, Bluerun’s unrivalled level of customer service means that free quotations are normally provided within 2-3 days or less enabling the company to usually deliver a quick turnaround of any manufactured items required. Furthermore, because it has an experienced spray operative in charge of a modern spray paint and lacquer facility, articles can leave the factory in a fully finished state, ready for installation on site.

Aside from needing the item to fit out its workshop doors upon completion, there is no limit to any project that Bluerun will endeavour to take on. Inspired by a challenge, Bluerun will do its upmost to cater to all enquiries. “We can always find a solution. Staircases for example, would be made in a kit format, for ease of delivery and installation, and we use couriers for deliveries who have access to all sizes of vans and lorries,” said Dee.

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