GARDEN timber furniture manufacturer Dunster House has developed a trade partnership in Sri Lanka, which means it has become the 19th different market in two years.

The company is also involved in a charity project in co-operation with Oxfam.

Dunster House has been established in the UK retail market for 20 years with a major site in Warminster and three more in Bedfordshire, Kent and Lincolnshire. It has seven factories in three countries across Europe (Estonia, Hungary and Poland).

When they started manufacturing the timber garden products 12 years ago they employed just 35 people. Now there are over 520 members of staff working for the company.

Its export department is only two years old but it is growing rapidly. The trend looks set to continue on this course for 2014 as the company has plans to keep expanding..

Dunster House Director Chris Murphy said the company’s international activities have helped to significantly increase awareness and develop trade partnerships for many different product lines.

“In order to meet demands in the international market sector we offer a multitude of outside products from log cabins, summerhouses, garages or gazebos to climbing frames, BBQ stoves and off-grid solar.

“All of them are carefully planned and designed by our qualified and experienced team.”

The lion’s share of Dunster House products (around 65 per cent) are sold to EU countries, among which the biggest buyers are the Netherlands, Hungary and Romania.

The company has been exporting to Dubai, Israel, Norway, Portugal, Japan, Finland, Russia and is continuously in new negotiations with new international markets.

The latest partnership will see Dunster House providing up to 60 units from their range of log cabins, to a hotel and hospitality product supplier based in Sri Lanka. The company is also providing sanitation solutions to Oxfam.

Mr Murphy added, “Our humanitarian line is growing fast and we believe that with the right distribution network we can provide sanitation and energy solutions to other developing countries.”