NSBRC celebrates 15th anniversary

By Anita Jaynes on 4 April, 2022

National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) welcomed its first visitors in January 2007. Fifteen years later, it remains the UK’s only permanent visitor centre designed specifically to meet the needs of individual self-builders, renovators, and home improvers.

Originally conceived by BuildStore (who remain a founding exhibitor in the NSBRC), it has since 2014 been owned and operated by ‘The Homebuilding Centre Limited’, an employee-owned business.

Harvey Fremlin, Managing Director, NSBRC, said, “Our employees own the majority of the shares in the business, with the largest shareholder being our Employee Ownership Trust. This means we all have a responsibility for the business and are genuinely passionate about the experience our visitors enjoy.”

Over the last fifteen years, the business has picked up a number of awards. In 2017, it was named Wiltshire’s ‘Small Business of the Year’ and in the same year, it won a Build It Award for ‘Outstanding Contribution to Self Build.’ To complete a hat trick of gongs in 2017, NSBRC were also highly commended by the Employee Ownership Association in its ‘Rising Star of the Year’ category, having also been highly commended in the same category in 2015.

Harvey, added, “Our EO culture has given us a huge amount of resilience, which has certainly been put to the test during the last couple of years with the global pandemic. “It was very challenging having our doors closed for seven months between March ’20 and April ’21. However, we not only survived the covid crisis, but emerged stronger than ever before.”

At the end of 2021, NSBRC won a national Employee Ownership Award which recognised the team’s outstanding achievements during the pandemic, an award voted for by its peers. The award celebrated how the team adapted and delivered to multiple stakeholders whilst supporting the health and wellbeing of employees.  

NSBRC is passionate about being part of the Swindon community and has supported many events over the years, from sponsoring the Swindon Half Marathon, to supporting The Business Exchange’s Love Local campaign through the first covid lockdown.

To celebrate its fifteenth anniversary the team hosted a special birthday dinner to thank members of the community and key partners and stakeholders for their support over the years. 

Harvey, said, “2022 is a special year and a real achievement for NSBRC, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We’re hosting more events, workshops and courses than ever before to help people build better homes. 

“On Thursday 28th April, Thursday 26th May and Tuesday 28th June we are staying open until 9pm. This ‘late night shopping experience’ is a brand new venture for the NSBRC and it’s hoped that local people, who have been intrigued to discover what self build is all about will join us, at a time that’s potentially more convenient to them. We’ll be offering hot food, relaxed talks and guided tours of our unique educational zones.

“We regard ourselves as custodians of this fantastic resource and believe the NSBRC is at the heart of a thriving sector. We are often the first destination for anyone self-commissioning a home, we believe we have the very best manufacturers, suppliers and service providers in the UK on show here at the NSBRC. Come and see for yourselves.”

To find out more about NSBRC visit: www.nsbrc.co.uk or watch the short video below.