Expansion plans are on the cards for Wisbech-based English Brothers Ltd.

A £200,000 investment in plant and machinery over the past five years has now been underlined with a £20,000 spend on rebranding to separate the two main areas of the business – timber frame homes and timber merchants.

The company, which is around 150 years old, has seen a strong start to the financial year, with improved efficiency contributing towards slightly healthier profits and managing director Mel Hubbard said: “We must now begin to look at building on this, which can only mean expansion.”

The company hopes to open another site in Norfolk or Cambridgeshire, but Mr Hubbard said: “We’re in no rush. The main site is now ready to act as a manufacturing and supply base for the new branch, so it’s just a case of waiting to see what happens in the market over the next few months before we commit to a new site.”

Talking about the rebranding, Jay Hubbard, director, said: “Every now and then a business needs to be refreshed and the rebranding will go some way towards bringing the company’s image up to date.

“We plan on promoting parts of the business on a nationwide level, so it’s important that people who haven’t heard of us see us as a credible proposition, particularly when it comes to timber frame homes.”

He said the timber frame side of the business had grown, helped by English Brothers’ flexibility from design concept through to manufacture.

A new website at www.englishbrothers.co.uk will eventually allow items including decking, log cabins and fencing to be ordered online.