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WHO WE ARE

We support and stay committed to providing supported employment and learning work opportunities to adults with learning difficulties throughout Swindon. We offer opportunities to experience EW and help to equip individuals with the right skills and knowledge, so that they are able to engage in gainful work with external employers going forward.

Wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council, all revenues & profits are reinvested back into Enterprise Works to ensure more supported learning opportunities are offered to more of those who need it.

To know more about our products and services, give us a call on 07392 109856 or send us an email enterpriseworks2@swindon.gov.uk. We will get back to you as soon as possible. We are just as excited like you to get that project of yours to reality.

OUR COMMITMENT

We support and stay committed to providing supported employment and learning work opportunities to adults with learning difficulties throughout Swindon. We offer opportunities to experience EW and help to equip individuals with the right skills and knowledge, so that they are able to engage in gainful work with external employers going forward.

Wholly owned by Swindon Borough Council, all revenues & profits are reinvested back into Enterprise Works to ensure more supported learning opportunities are offered to more of those who need it.

To know more about our products and services, give us a call on 07392 109856 or send us an email enterpriseworks2@swindon.gov.uk. We will get back to you as soon as possible. We are just as excited like you to get that project of yours to reality.

OUR PRODUCTS

Fencing

Be it a new or old house, fences never go out of style. Refreshing or replacing a fence is a practical, affordable and aesthetically pleasing project to refresh your home and garden. Just like choosing the right type of fence, there are a number of reasons to install fences: create privacy, a safe space for your kids, and pets, visual demarcation of your property, and in some cases, it provides a sort of protection from all the noises and wind.

Fences have four crucial parts: the cap, the rail, the post, and the feather edge boards. The cap is responsible for protecting the post from extreme weather conditions so it will not rot away. The rails serve as connectors for the posts and provide support for the posts. Whilst the feather edge boards are the vertical mounts on rails providing stability 

Typically, fences are 6 to 8 feet high, but it depends on the type of fence and its intended purpose. 

Ideal Wood as Fence

It depends on the budget and purpose that you have. Cheaper fences will not last long v’s better quality woods, and so often aren’t the most economical choice. For something more long-term you might consider timber fences or pressure-treated pines. These generally last three times longer. With a little treatment and regular maintenance, these woods build a resistance making them sturdier and more longer lasting.

All wood from EW is pressure treated to extend the life cycle and and is FSC approved

Often, in instances of poor weather conditions, posts they typically go to first. Followed by the panels. To avoid this, and ensure that your fences last several years, have your fences treated every year or two.  As fences are exposed all year to the elements, it is worth making sure you use weather-resistant fasteners, such as hot-dipped galvanized or stainless-steel nails and screws. 

Different types of wooden fences

There are various types for you to choose from: 

 

  • Wood Picket Fence – Ideal for gardens where security is not a consideration, these have pointy-tipped pickets and are typically 3 to 4 feet high.
  • Feather Board / Closeboard Fence – The most common type of modern fence, these are tall vertical fences, giving privacy and security.
  • Ornamental Fence – A sturdy and long-term investment made out of fibreglass, aluminum and steel. 
  • Vinyl Fencereinforced by a mixture of wood and metal inside, these typically last 20 years
  • Post and Rail Fence – usually used for demarcating land and domesticating livestock, these are a cheaper option but provide little in the way of security

 

Closeboard Fencing

This type of fencing, which is popularly known for its sturdiness, strength, simplicity and versatility, are high quality boards which are positioned to vertically overlap each other, allowing for waters to run to the bottom as smoothly as possible to maintain the integrity of the fence and the wood. 

Closeboard has many finishes such as featherboard panels, traditional featherboard, convex featherboard panels and concave featherboard panels. The right finish will depend on your preference, style and budget. For example, if you are looking for a long-term and sturdier option, then closeboard is the one for you. 

 

Gates

A normal security measure, gates provide the necessary protection and security for most properties. Gates come in different sizes, shapes and even compositions. The type of gate to choose will depend on your budget, style preference, size of your home, and the main purpose of the gate. Normally, gates are given much consideration but are often an extension of your aesthetic preference. 

As they are a main element for security, gates are typically sturdy and heavy-duty. Below are the most common materials used for creating gates along with their pros and cons. 

Wood

Apart from being the most affordable option, wooden gates are easily moulded, shaped and built. Depending on the preference and design, typically wooden gates have metal frames fixed to a wood-clad to make it sturdier and resilient. 

What is great with wooden gates is they are customisable. They can be stained or painted in various colours, giving you many options to choose from and work on. Wooden gates provides a sense of security and privacy viewed from the outside. Similar to the trees where they have been extracted from, wooden gates are durable. They are designed to withstand the harshest conditions and changing climate. However, to get the best lifecycle, they need regular maintenance to ensure their effectiveness and durability. 

Steel (we do not stock steel –  we do stock Durapost products though)

Most notable for their durability and elegance, gates made out of steel come in a range of designs, shapes and sizes and can even be customised to your personal design or preference. Due to their sheer strength and structural integrity, steel gates last for several years. They are good in any weather conditions – harsh winds, storms or floods, they are usually unaffected.

However, the downside with any steel gates is that they do not conceal the property of the owner. It’s double-edged as both the owners and the visitors can see straight through. Prices of steel gates differ, depending on the size, design and intricacy of the work.  It all depends on how creative and unique you want it to be!

 

Wooden Posts

Be it for a fence or a farm, wood posts provide the vertical support that your structure needs. Any type of wood can work as a post – as long as it provides and offers the necessary protection and guidance, then it works. After all the primary work of wooden posts is to demarcate the land and put wires or cords to cordon off an area. 

Typically, wooden posts are buried in the ground. The bigger and the better the quality of wood from sturdy trees the better. Wooden posts are easily damaged – energetic pets or enthusiastic children giving them a shove, can cause movement – so you need to make sure you reinforce posts with concrete, additives and preservatives to make them sturdier and long-lived. Do not forget to apply high-quality acrylic latex caulk to make the concrete adhere to the post. 

The other thing to consider is that wooden posts should be treated to make them resistant to the corroding elements of the soil. Soils are rich with minerals and with the frequent and changing climatic conditions, these are further strengthened giving it the corrosive properties it has. With the help of preservatives rich with copper naphthenate such as Cuprinol, it will be possible to maintain the integrity of the wood. 

Depending on the location, you should also watch out for insects. They are the natural enemies of the woods. Make sure to choose a wood that is denser and resistant to insects. 

 

Concrete Products

Found everywhere, concrete is the basic material to build and is a simple mixture of cement, water and different coarse aggregates.  Concretes have a variety of uses and can be applied just about anywhere.  The quality of concrete rests on how fine the grains are. Some of the most common types of concrete used are discussed below.

  • Normal Concrete – normally used for pavements and buildings. It is composed of concrete, sand and aggregate and is best for low tensile areas. 
  • Ready-mix concrete – this type of concrete is prepared in a plant and transported to the site for application in the big mixer trucks.  
  • Reinforced Concrete – commonly used in construction, this will help set wires, steel rods, and concrete.  Generally used for structures which need to be more resistant and sturdier.
  • PreStressed Concrete – large construction projects use this kind of concrete.
  • Precast Concrete – a recent development in the concrete industry, these are created  and cast in the factory and then delivered assembled. 

 

Shopping made it easy!

 

Our new “EASY” ways of shopping that meet both Trade & Retail customer’s needs while ensuring we keep staff and customers safe through social distancing 

 

ORDER & COLLECT ‘DRIVE THRU’ 

EMAIL: EnterpriseWorks2@swindon.gov.uk 

Call: 07392 109 856

  • Place your order, pay over the phone, and you will be offered a nominated timeslot by hour/day that suits your needs, where possible. We pick your goods and assign a bay ready for collection “EASY.”
  • Please note that EW staff cannot assist with loading owing to social distance requirements.

 

HOME DELIVERY SERVICE 

EMAIL: EnterpriseWorks2@swindon.gov.uk 

Call: 07392 109 856

  • Contact us, pay over the phone, and deliver to you within the Swindon area – it is that “EASY.”
  • (Drops to kerbside / front area of the property only to ensure social distancing is maintained)

 

“YOU PARK – WE PICK” WINDOW SHOPPING

EMAIL: EnterpriseWorks2@swindon.gov.uk 

Call: 07392 109 856

  • Customers attend the EW site and park in one of the nominated car park bays to the left of the entrance.
  • Note your bay number, proceed to the shop window located at the front entrance where one of our team will assist. Your goods will then be picked and moved to your bay for your loading “EASY.”
  • Please note that EW staff cannot assist with loading owing to social distance requirements.

 

COMING SOON….. ‘ONLINE SHOPPING’ 

Customers will soon be able to shop online and book their own collection/delivery slot, along with new online price lists, product specifications and availability. Watch this space – “EASY dot.com” 

 

PLEASE NOTE: For “EASY” ways of shopping, only phone transactions using debit or credit card payments are accepted 

 

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Unit 1A & 1B
Gipsy Lane
Swindon
SN2 8DT

Call:07392 109856
Email: enterpriseworks2@swindon.gov.uk