A FAMILY-RUN firm welcomed a special guest to its Chirk factory earlier this month.

The Archwood Group was visited by Simon Baynes MP to learn more about their fast growing business and big strides towards improving their environmental footprint.

The company, which creates timber products, is privately-owned and was established by Henry Burbidge in 1867.

They have been based in Chirk for more than 32 years, and in 2019 moved their head office and consolidated all their activities to the site in Chirk, which now employs over 115 people, many from the local community.

The Clwyd South MP said: “It was a great pleasure to meet with Josh Burbidge (managing director), Lee Burford (director of operations), Craig Holt (director of marketing and business developments) and other members of the Archwood Group team during my recent visit to their factory in Chirk.

"They are an excellent example of a long-established family business, and it was a great opportunity to learn more about their big strides towards renewable energy, as well as their success as a company with rapidly growing sales.


"It also gave me great pleasure to hear about their work in the community and the fact that they employ 115 people, many of who live locally.

"I look forward to watching them continue their strong growth in the years ahead."

Recently, the group adopted an environmental, social and corporate governance policy to move all its electricity to renewable energy.

It has also moved all its vehicles to electric, and is looking to install solar panels on the roof of the factory which will produce 50 per cent of all its electricity needs.

Josh Burbidge said: “We would like to thank Simon Baynes for taking the time to visit us, see our operations and discuss our environmental journey.

"As a business we are focussed on environmental sustainability, supporting our local community and delivering valued solutions to our customers.

"We look forward to sharing our progress in future.”