A Somerset-based company is well on target to achieving £1m sales.

Briman Joinery of Bridgwater, which manufactures bespoke timber windows, doors and staircases, has seen sales soar to a record £894,000 in the 12 months to the end of January 2003 – a 23% increase on the previous year.

The surge has been helped by the growing popularity of traditional materials for building conversions and restoration. Over the past two years Briman’s turnover has grown by almost £250,000 enabling it to provide new employment opportunities and buy the freehold of the premises it has occupied since 1997.

The company combines craftsmanship with the latest performance standards. This ability, coupled with expertise in the design and manufacture of staircases, resulted in a considerable amount of media attention during 2002 including features in magazines and two appearances on Channel 4‘s Grand Designs series.

Briman specialises in one-off designs for unusual situations ranging from barn conversions to the complex joinery needs of period homes, listed buildings and converted oast houses.

Company director Norman Hucker said Briman has its eyes set on reaching £1m in the near future. He added: “This increase in the level of orders we have obtained, and our ability to meet the delivery times required by our customers, has involved working closely as a team from design and quotation right through all stages of production to delivery to site and could not have been achieved without our continued commitment to training and our staff’s hunger for the success in which we all can share.”