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Woodall Homes marks year of growth following BGF investment

Woodall Homes marks year of growth following BGF investment

Derbyshire house builder, Woodall Homes, has marked a year of growth, just 18 months on from securing investment from BGF – the UK and Ireland’s most active growth capital investor.

Woodall Group received a £4.25 million investment from BGF across 2020 and 2021 aimed at delivering more high quality homes in the East Midlands, and in turn, creating job opportunities.

In the last 12 months, Woodall Homes has grown its workforce and appointed a number of new starters, including Directors in our planning department, Chris Dwan, and Darren Abbott, a Technical Manager Mark Sweet and a HR Manager, Helen Day. It has also started building on four new sites in Mansfield, Clay Cross, Matlock and Bolsover and recently launched a unique 45-home development in Calow, Chesterfield, called Churchfields. In addition, Woodall is on track to develop well over 100 new dwellings in this coming financial year, which will signal a doubling of the size of the business since BGF’s investment, while implementing new building processes, with a strong focus on improving property energy efficiency.

Dave Wood, founder and managing director at Woodall Group, said:

“The achievements of the last 12 months have perfectly aligned with the vision we set out as a group when embarking on our investment journey with BGF.

“To be able to deliver on our goals, creating exciting job opportunities in the region, as well as helping to meet the demand for high quality, sustainably-built homes, is hugely satisfying and lays the perfect foundation for our longer-term growth plan.”

Founded in 2011, Woodall Homes has built houses in landmark developments across the East Midlands and has a strong emphasis on premium finishes, build quality and housing design that complements local surroundings, with sustainability embedded in the construction process.

Aaron Baker is an investor at BGF and sits on the Woodall Group board. He commented:

“Woodall Homes has built a strong reputation in the region in the last decade and has expertly navigated the challenges that have arisen over the course of the last two years, as construction and real estate has felt the pinch of the Covid-19 pandemic, skills shortages exacerbated by Brexit, and the inevitable disruption to the supply chain. However, the market opportunity has endured, with a structural shortage of homes in the UK still an issue.

“To remain committed to building its land bank and accelerating development activity is testament to the strength and depth of the business and the management team. We’re excited about what the next few years have in store and the potential that exists in the residential development market.”

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