Head-to-Head: Oxon Conversions
How a Harwell building firm grew and excelled through tough times in the industry.
Having successfully survived one of the most challenging periods for the building industry, specialist loft and renovation firm Oxon Conversions is set to expand further with a move to Harwell Innovation Centre. Founded in 2005 by Greg Lester, Ian Woodward and Mark Busby, Oxon Conversions manages new builds and renovations across the whole of Oxfordshire. The recent move to the centre was not one taken lightly by the company directors. Originally hands-on Greg, Ian and Mark, were each trying to work on-site all day while taking responsibility for different elements of the business in the evenings – but the move turned out to be the best decision they ever made.
“Moving to Harwell Innovation Centre has seen our efficiency increase by approximately 20%. Each partner now has a clear role and this has improved productivity tremendously because there are no half measures or getting bogged down with the challenges of running a business from home after a hard day on-site.”
Greg Lester, Co-Founder of Oxon Conversions
Since moving to Harwell Innovation Centre in November, Greg has come ‘off the tools’ and manages the day-to-day business of the firm. Because of the move, he now has the time to focus on driving further business growth in the specialist build and eco-home sector.
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