D&J Timber Buildings Ltd was started by mother and son duo Joy and Daniel Cox in 2017.

Joy had been working in the shed and fencing industry for over 22 years and Daniel had 10 years' experience having worked for another shed and fencing company.

Daniel and Joy are soon to celebrate their first year in business.

On the subject of working with his mother, Daniel said: "We work really well together and are a great team.

"We each have our strengths and that means we complement each other really well.

"Her knowledge of running a business and my experience of the trade makes it great."

Daniel, 29 said being a family-run business lends itself to having a close relationship with customers, saying: "It is good that when people come in, they know that we are close and that we know our stuff.

"We have lots of return customers and what you often see is that the dad will buy a shed and then his son will come back when he's older."

Daniel says the choice of premises for the business was inspired by making customers feel welcome.

He said: “We wanted to create a place where customers could feel warm and welcome and found the perfect unit on the Shrub Hill Industrial estate.

“This has allowed us to create a large and warm reception area where customers can relax whilst they talk to us about their projects and the products we offer.”

Expertise is vital in setting up a business, and anyone taking the leap needs to know their market and their products.

According to Daniel: "You have to do your research and know the products you're selling.

"If you are setting up a business you need to have very clear targets of what you are going to do and how to do it.

"And of course, having good people around who you know you can trust always helps."

For more information go to https://www.djtimberbuildings.com/