Boom time for Rushden homes manufacturer

Fast-growing Prestige & Homeseeker is recruiting extra staff across all areas of its business, including new positions at the company's recently expanded Rushden plant.
Fast-growing Prestige & Homeseeker is recruiting extra staff across all areas of its business, including new positions at the company's recently expanded Rushden plant.

A Rushden homes manufacturer says it is keeping alive traditional artisan skills – while taking on more staff.

Fast-growing Prestige & Homeseeker has recruited extra staff across all areas of its business, including new positions at the company’s recently expanded Rushden plant.

Skilled local workers hand-make the timber trusses for the park homes and holiday lodges sold by the company across the UK and overseas.

Although the firm uses many different modern high-performance materials in its homes, director Debbie Foulke says timber can’t be beaten for the principal roof support.

She said: “Our main customers are the operators of holiday parks which sell or rent our products for leisure use, and residential parks where older people live permanently.

“We make homes for both purposes, and have achieved a reputation for high manufacturing standards as well as modern architectural design and luxurious interiors.

“Customers who come to our open days and showground are often surprised at the traditional craftsmanship which goes into every stage of our processes – and that’s something of which we’re very proud.

“We’re also delighted at being able to provide jobs for people with these skills, and to help ensure they are being passed on to a new generation.”

Until recently, Prestige & Homeseeker bought the trusses ready-made – but now an expansion of its 50,000 sq ft Rushden site allows them to be made from scratch.

The extra staff taken on so far – with the prospect of more jobs in the pipeline – include both experienced local craftsmen and younger recruits who will receive full training.

Prestige & Homeseeker, which employs more than 360 people in total and is celebrating its 25th anniversary, is one of the park industry’s largest manufacturers of residential homes and holiday lodges.