April 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the Doe Management Buy Out in April 1985.
As with many UK companies, a lot has happened in the last 25 years and the quarter century has seen the business turn into a profitable enterprise with the establishment of Doe in Scotland and the North as a separate entity in 1996 which greatly improved the overall sales and returns.
The success of Doe throughout the UK was cemented by a move to new offices for the Southern UK operation at Feering near Colchester in 2001 and for Doe in the North to Skelmersdale in 2007 and, finally, for staff in Scotland to their new state of the art building at Methil, Fife, in 2009 which has a superb view of the new dockland development. (see News Story May 2009 for photos)
The office moves and the general growth and expansion of the business are a far cry from the start of Doe’s business in a converted cricket pavilion at Fyfield in 1926 to which were added a rather strange assortment of site huts, portakabins and other ‘sheds’ during the 75 years in which Doe traded from that original site.
The annual turnover has climbed to around £8 million and, with the expansion of Doe’s activities into sports canopies and buildings last year, the next 25 years are set to see further changes and growth.
Several employees have been with Doe since before the MBO in 1985 and it is gratifying that another four sons have followed their fathers into the business in recent years continuing the Doe ‘family’ ethos.
The company has undertaken a re-branding exercise to mark the 25th Anniversary together with the launch of this new web site and a revised and updated range of product literature which is available electronically or by post.