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Timber firm shows its commitment to forces
(Business Argus Nov 2014)

Timber firm shows its commitment to forces

Leading UK timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has become one of the first private companies in Wales to sign up to the armed forces corporate covenant, pledging the company’s support for the armed forces community.

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Another acquistion for Premier
(Western Mail Nov 2014)

Another acquistion for Premier

Timber and panel importer Premier Forest Products has acquired the sawmill division of Border Group for an undisclosed sum.

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20 questions
(South Wales Argus May 2014)

20 questions

Terry Edgell is one of the three founding directors/owners of Newport's Premier Forest Products group of companies

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Business leaders draw up positive plans for 2014.
(Western Mail Jan 2014)

Business leaders draw up positive plans for 2014

As the old year gives way to the new, we ask business leaders from around Wales for their predictions for their own businesses and the Welsh economy in the year ahead.

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The Premier Timber Importer
(Building Design Construction Magazine Jan 2014.)

The Premier Timber Importer

Premier Forest Products is one of the UK's leading independent importers and distributors of timber and panel products

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Timber importer secures a 20-year lease deal with port
(Western Mail, 13 September 2008)

Timber firm helps out hit TV show

Timber importer Premier Forest Products has secured its future at the Port of Newport for the next 20 years

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Timber importers target bulk order
(South Wales Argus, 5 August 2008)

Timber importers target bulk order

Newport based Premier Forest Products is preparing to buck the current UK market trends by bringing in a bulk order of it's highly popular branded plywood, Greentree.

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Premier expands Greentree
(Timber Trade Journal, 16/23 August 2008)

Premier expands Greentree

Premier Forest Products Ltd has increased stocks of it's Greentree plywood in the UK with the arrival of a bulk shipment of the standard product and a 150m³ test batch of its marine-grade equivalent.

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Timber Company has Grand Designs
(Unimer News, June/July 2008)

Timber Company has Grand Designs

Leading UK, timber importer, Premier Forest Products, is preparing for a taste of television stardom with a special project, broadcast live for one week, from Sunday 4th May, on Channel 4's hit show, Grand Designs.

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Timber firm helps out hit TV show
(South Wales Argus, 06 May 2008)

Timber firm helps out hit TV show

Newport-based timber importer Premier Forest Products is enjoying a taste of television stardom after agreeing to assist with a special project being broadcast live this week on channel 4’s hit show Grand Designs.

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Grand Designs on timber
(TTJ Magazine, 10/17 May 2008)

Grand Designs on timber

Timber's place as a leading sustainable construction material has been underlined at the Grand Designs Live exhibition at ExCel IN London this week.

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Capital gains for Premier
(TTJ Magazine, 2/9 February 2008)

Capital gains for Premier

Premier Forest Products Ltd is to devote more resources to its operations in London and the south-east after sales in the area increased by £5m during 2007.

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Laying down roots in London
(Unimer News, February/March 2008)

Laying down roots in London

Leading timber importer, Premier Forest Products, is expanding into the UK’s capital city with its fully certified product offering.

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Timber firm hopes it can strike gold by tapping into potential of Olympic sites.
(The Western Mail, 19 January 2008)

Timber firm hopes it can strike gold by tapping into potential of Olympic sites.

Games opportunities drive growth in south-east England

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Premier reduces carbon output
(TTJ Magazine, 08 December 2007)

Premier reduces carbon output

Premier Forest Products has moved to improve it's green credentials by importing 8,600 million¹ of German timber
by sea.

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Wood Importer goes green by blue-sea thinking
(The Western Mail, 08 December 2007)

Wood Importer goes green by blue-sea thinking

South Wales firm switches from freight to shipping.

 

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Five new staff join timber firm
(The Business, 17 Oct/Nov 2007)

5 new staff join timber firm

A Newport based timber importer is bucking the timber industry trend of poor sales performance caused by worldwide timber shortages...

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New recruits build business
(Unimer News, Oct/Nov 2007)

New recruits build business

Leading timber importers Premier Forest Products, reporting a record increase in staff recruitment and sales figures for the last year, has added nine members of staff to its sales teams in Newport and Birmingham.

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Seven Years on, Joe's now top of three
(Western Mail, 17 Oct 2007)

Joe Walker

Timber importer and distributor Premier Forest Products has appointed Joe Walker as general manager of its Newport operation.

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Timber importer Premier bucks worldwide trend
(Western Mail, 18th August)

Timber importer Premier bucks worldwide trend

A Timber importer is bucking an industry trend for poor sales performances caused by world-wide timber shortages

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Timber! Canadian product returns to Newport
(The Western Mail, 3rd March 2007)

Timber! Canadian product returns to Newport

Canadian softwood carcassing shipments to the uk are gathering pace with major players…

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Canadian softwood importers gather pace
(TTJ Magazine, 17/24 February 2007)

Canada Softwood

Canadian timber has returned to Port of Newport after an absence of quarter of a century...

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Panel Trader of the Year
(TTJ Magazine 2006)

Terry Edgell, purchasing director. "Winning TTJ Panels trader of the year for the first time in 1998 was a massive morale boost for us as a company....

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Dual Custody
(TTJ Magazine, Aug 2006)

Premier Forest Products has become one of the first timber suppliers in Wales to be awarded programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.....

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Time Off for Staff – to watch Brazil
(Western Mail, 8 June 2006)

Staff at a Welsh timber firm are being allowed to leave work early to watch the World Cup – but only for Brazil matches.

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Meet Wales' real-life Apprentices
(Western Mail, 13 May 2006)

It was the television phenomenon that concluded with two high-flying women pitting their wits against each other to achieve their ultimate goal.

Armed with a series of questions about their approach to he modern world of work, the Western Mail tracked down some of Wales' real life apprentices – three young female high achievers aiming for the top without any help from Sir Alan.

Sarah Jenkins from Premier Forest Products was top on the list…

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Making Wood Work In Schools
(South Wales Argus, 2 May 2006)

Newport based Premier Forest Products, one f the UK's leading timber importers and suppliers, is setting a challenge to the high schools of Newport to ‘Make Wood Work' in a competition launched last week.

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Having a Prime Time
(South Wales Argus, 2 May 2006)

Gareth Johnson is arguably the most highly trained specialist in the timber industry. The 57 year old operations manager is about to celebrate his 10th year with Premier Forest Products, the award winning company he joined following a '31 year apprenticeship' at one of the industry's largest importers.

So impassioned is he by his job that he refers t his time since joining the company as the very best of his life.

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Financial Director Scales New Heights
(South Wales Argus, 7 March 2006)

Dilwyn Howells, financial director of Newport based company Premier Forest Products, is a man used to a challenge.
So, it came as no surprise to anyone when he announced that he would mark his 40th birthday by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest freestanding mountain in the world.

He said: “I have always been into my sport. I am an avid skier and have a few triathlons under my belt, so I am reasonably fit. I thought climbing Kilimanjaro would be an interesting experience to undertake and share with my friends and family back home in Wales.

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Friend or Foe?
(Timber Trade Journal, 18/25 February 2006 issue)
Premier Forest Products has made significant efforts to ensure it makes responsible purchasing decisions.

In addition to taking on an environmental consultant, the company is also part-financing an independent scoping study of timber mills in China.

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RPP Secures Reputation – and contracts, says chairman
(Timber Trade Journal Online, 11 February 2006)
Signing up to the Timber Trade Federation's Responsible Purchasing Policy is essential in creating a climate of trust between the timber industry and the market, the chairman of the Bristol Channel and Western Association said this week.

Speaking at the association's annual dinner in Bristol, Nigel Williams of Premier Forest Products said that the RRP opened up significant opportunities to trade with environmentally conscious buyers. He said: “RRP offers members of the Timber Trade Federation the chance to work together, using our collective strength and purchasing power, to make significant environmental improvements to the supply chain.”

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Ford in Premier Post
(Timber Trade Journal, 10/17 December 2005 issue)
Timber importer Premier Forest Products has appointed Paul Ford as its new softwoods director.

Mr Ford has nearly 40 years' experience in the timber industry ad has held directorial positions with several industry heavyweights.

Chairman and company director, Nigel Williams, welcomes, welcomes Paul onboard. He said: “Appointing a softwoods director of Paul's calibre will ensure that our vision for the future becomes a business reality.”

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Premier League
(Furniture Journal, November 2005 issue)
When it comes to product, quality, service and ambition, Premier Forest Products is in a league of its own. The last few months have been quite eventful for the independent timber importers and distributors.

The company won the prestigious Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and has opened up a new multi-million pound warehouse in Birmingham. And plans are set to get even bigger. Now 12 years old, the company is emerging as a major industry player in the supply of panel products, and intends to branch out into underdeveloped markets.

Premier is so ambitious, it intends to increase its turnover to £80 million by 2010.

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