Datum, based near Stockton, called in experts from the North East Productivity Alliance to analyse working practises to fulfil the growing number of orders as efficiently as possible.

Now the fledgling company is aiming for a turnover of £5m within the next three years by tapping into opportunities in the north-east housebuilding market for timber frame homes.

Datum employs 10 people and is based in the former premises of shopfitters Jarvis Newman.

The company was formed by Simon and Sandy Bliss, who once worked in London-based media. Simon started his own building development company in the Lake District and later worked as sales director for a north-east timber frame business.

“I looked at the predicted growth of the timber framed homes industry and it was going to grow at 30% year on year, with the market having doubled in size by 2010,” he said.