Robert Buckland MP launches NSBRC’s tenth anniversary celebrations

By Anita Jaynes on 26 January, 2017

2017 is a special year for Swindon’s National Self Build & Renovation Centre (NSBRC) as it marks the visitor & conference centres tenth anniversary, having first opened in January 2007.  Over the last decade the NSBRC has welcomed over 140,000 self builders through its doors, from first-time builders to developers and home improvers – supporting over 16,000 self builders in 2016 alone.

A partner event was held on Friday January 20, for the numerous exhibitors in the centre, to kick off a programme of special events and workshops during the year.

The NSBRC, which has been employee-owned since 2014, reported on seeing a 28% increase in footfall in the last two years and its revenue has grown by a huge 37% in the same period.

A marketing masterclass was run, supported by Swindon business-person Liz Hutchings from ‘Total Guide To’, educating over 80 delegates on the latest digital marketing tools and techniques.

Swindon South MP, Robert Buckland, was on hand to praise the NSBRC team for the way they have embraced employee-ownership and the results it has delivered. Robert gave a talk on the importance on self built homes in helping reduce the national housing shortage and assist people on the housing ladder.  He acknowledged the important part the NSBRC plays in helping individuals understand the many choices they have available to them.

The NSBRC is hosting its popular ‘National Self Build & Renovation Show’ this weekend, from Friday 27- Sunday 29 January. The show offers something for everyone interested in creating a well-designed, healthy and efficient home and has a wide range of experts on hand to help people with their projects, if they are exploring self build for the first time, or already own a plot of land or a house to renovate.

Harvey Fremlin, Managing Director, said:  “We are so pleased to be celebrating the NSBRC’s tenth anniversary this year.  We love the business, it’s such an exciting and dynamic place to work, constantly evolving and developing.  The centre has gone from strength to strength since the team of employee-owners took responsibility for it.  I believe it is a huge asset for Swindon as we bring in many thousands of visitors each year from across the country.  We have invested heavily in our meeting facilities too and in 2016 we welcomed over ten thousand conference delegates in addition to our self build audience.

We we’re delighted that Robert Buckland MP gave up his time to join us on Friday to mark the occasion and it was great to start off a year of special events with such a busy, informative day.”

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Pictured above: The National Self Build and Renovation Centre celebrates its 10th anniversary with a visit from Swindon MP Robert Buckland