Devon based company Wooduchoose Limited have utilised features of their wood products comparison website to help combat the nation shortage of timber, which is beginning to seriously effect the UK construction industry.
The shortage in timber supply in the UK has been caused partly by the increase in construction and renovation projects since the lockdown in the UK. There are also issues in sourcing timber, Scandinavia has had an unusually warner winter which has effected timber production.
Wooduchoose.com helps UK joinery and construction firms to source materials and share resources. Wooduchoose allows customers to connect and receive prices from multiple joinery’s and timber merchants, for any product made from wood. Customers can choose from a range on over 10,000 profiles or choose to use the made to match or bespoke joinery quoting wizard.
At the core of Wooduchoose is the online supplier management system called Woodutrade, which allows timer suppliers and joinery’s to upload their own products and timber stock they have for sale.
“During lockdown we saw a massive increase in three of our target groups, firstly home crafters were buying timber from our suppliers then selling their products via our portal. Architects were downloading more the free technical drawings than normal for specification proposals, and home refurbishment and restoration companies were using our made to match service more.” Said Paul Hayman, MD of Wooduchoose.
Wooduchoose.com allows customers to search for products, such as architrave, sawn boards or planned squared edge, in any wood. The customer is given an instant indication of what the product could cost, as everything is made or cut to order and requires a bespoke quote. The customers can then instruct Wooduchoose to search the country automatically, via the inbuilt artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to find suitable joinery’s and timer merchants, which have already been pre-approved, who can supply the product. The customer is then provided an exact quote and time frame for their bespoke order by each supplier.
“Since lockdown has ended we have seen a lot more joinery firms signing up to Wooduchoose a suppler as supplier. They like how they receive pre-qualified leads from customers and also have an outlet to sell timber they have in stock. This helps with the timber shortage by allowing joinery forms and construction companies to search the whole country to find availability of the timber they need” adds Paul.
Wooduchoose has seen year on year growth and is ideally suited to help the UK start to recover form the national timber shortage by connecting and supporting the whole construction industry in sourcing the timber needed.