Building firm foundations for the future at NSBRC

By Anita Jaynes on 3 December, 2015

2015 has been a great year for the team at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre (NSBRC).

The centre that is situated in Lydiard Fields, just off the Great Western Way in Swindon, originally opened in 2007 under the Buildstore name.

In 2014 there was a company restructure and a new business, The Homebuilding Centre Limited, was formed to run the NSBRC which is is now employee owned with support from investor Capital for Colleagues.

The team is headed-up by managing director, Harvey Fremlin and there are currently 10 members of staff supporting the firms growth.

Before the restructure there were over 20 employees and now with a tighter team, they are working more effectively and successfully than ever.

Harvey said: “We have seen more visitors this year between January and October than we had for the whole of 2014. It’s also been the best year in five for the generation of sales enquiries for exhibitors, which shows we are getting something right.”

“We offer advice to people at all stages of their self-build or renovation project and give impartial and independent advice to help them on their way.”

NSBRC has some ambitious plans for 2016 including growing their visitor footfall by up to 20% and being thought of as the go-to place for businesses to host conferences and meetings in Swindon.

Harvey continued: “We want to be the number one conference centre in Swindon and have recently invested heavily to achieve this. As well as embracing the latest conference room technology, we have redecorated our lobby, improved the heating and installed specialist LED lighting.

“Louise Jarmey is our front of house manager and she has already worked hard to build relationships with clients such as Npower, Nationwide, local universities and colleges and other blue chip organisations.”

NSBRC has secured a 15-year lease on the building, offering them the stability they need to make the business successful.

The team is currently waiting in anticipation of the National Employee Ownership Awards, where they have been shortlisted for the Rising Star Award. An award that recognises the success of an organisation that has become employee owned in the last three years and is already becoming an active company with a very strong culture of employee ownership.

NSBRC is also gearing up for their first show of 2016, the National Self Build & Renovation Show- January 29-31. Last year the show attracted more than 3,000 people across the weekend from all over the country.

To find out more about NSBRC, their meeting and conference offering and event schedule for 2016 visit:

Pictured above: Harvey Fremlin and Louise Jarmey