Somerset-based luxury building company feels at home at Frome Show
McIntosh Design Build Restore, new sponsor of Frome Show’s cheese-themed celebrity bake-off, is expert in bespoke luxury new builds and restoration projects mainly in and around Somerset. Their managing director Dominic Sharp describes the kind of projects the company has been involved with - and explains why he loves coming to the show
When was the business set up?
We began trading in 2011 and we have been enjoying year-on-year growth ever since.
What was the reason for start-up?
We had an exciting opportunity to branch into contracting from our older business, and we had clients lined up and wanting to work with us so it seemed the right time to shift our business sideways into what we have become today.
How many members of staff do you have?
We have 19 staff members currently, both management and tradesmen, as well as a young apprentice close to completing his training.
Is majority of the work you do based in Somerset?
We have worked in other counties on a couple of occasions, and as long as we remain competitive for the client we will happily work across the country.
Have you renovated any well-known landmarks, locations or buildings?
We have undertaken works at both Babington House and Charlton House hotels locally, as well as At The Chapel in Bruton, and we are looking forward to the next opportunity when it arises.
Where do you find inspiration for your projects?
We work closely with both architects and Interior designers on projects and also singularly with clients directly. If the client has a vision, but finds it difficult to define, we can help channel that into the finished article using our knowledge and experience. We have worked on many high quality projects and with that comes a strong database of bespoke and individual suppliers and manufacturers to call on.
Are you a regular visitor to Frome Show, and if so what is your favourite aspect of the show?
Yes, and I’d have to say the whole thing is pretty great. I love food, cheese, drink, machinery and keeping the kids entertained so Frome Show has it all.
This year you are sponsoring the celebrity cheese-themed bake-off. Are you looking forward to watching?
As a food fan and cheese lover I most certainly am excited to see what happens in the bake-off. Three celebrities making cheese based dishes - what’s not to like?
Why do you think this new feature of the show will be a success?
Everybody loves a bit of food, drink, and competition, especially if there are local ingredients involved. I’d say it should work rather well.
What are you most looking forward to at this year’s Frome Show?
The motorcycle display should be good fun, and I am looking forward to the bake-off as well, but the highlight will be tasting and buying the cheese. If I get to the bar I’ll be content and I’ll buy as much local fare and meat as I can fit in the car.
You are based in Frome. What does Frome mean to you?
My wife and I have lived in Frome for 15 years and we love the overall sense of community and togetherness that the town offers. It has a thriving art scene, which my wife is part of, and these elements, coupled with the absolute beauty of the town and the surrounding areas makes it one of the best places we could think of living.
For more information on McIntosh Design Build Restore see http://www.mcintoshdbr.co.uk/