Because I’m proud of business, I’ll be doing a monthly article celebrating one that’s local to me. If I don’t stand up for business in South Lakes, who will? This month’s is Oakden Plumbing.
The UK has seen a big decline in retail outlets for Home Furnishings, which is why I am so excited that Oakden Plumbing have opened Oakden Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathroom in Bowness-on-Windermere.
The Business was started by Giles Oakden, who I actually went to school with. He trained at Lancaster and Morecambe College and worked for a South Lakes builder for several years before raising the capital to go out on his own.
Giles has always been an entrepreneur and I’m glad to see he is thriving. Like a lot of people he worked by himself for a while, doing his own diary and bookeeping, until fate brought him to his girlfriend, Jessie Alston.
Giles and Jessie
Together they put together plans for a bathroom showroom in Kendal, realising the potential that having a showroom would create even more business. The showroom was tight, a tiny space, but somehow they got a few baths, sinks and a shower in there. Seeing the business grow meant they could even take on an apprentice who is now nearly qualified thanks to Giles’ expert hands.
Giles working with local tradesman Gordon
Because of their customer service and attention to detail business is booming and they needed a larger location to showcase their talents. So for the last four months they have been building what can only be described as the dream showroom on Quarry Rigg in Bowness-on-Windermere.
Jessie working hard.
I attended the opening event, mainly for the cupcakes and champagne, but the place was packed! And what really came across was the excitement and enthusiasm Jessie and Giles have for their business which is now in its sixth year.
Id like to wish Giles and Jess another successful six years.
Oakden plumbing can be found at:
Oakden kitchens, bedrooms and bathroom,
57/58 Quarry Rigg,
Telephone Jessie on: 015394 46616
Or email them at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you think you could be a Ben’s Business of the month get in touch 🙂