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A GOSPORT business expert was called on to help a firm cope with a huge surge in demand.

Plankbridge, a Dorset firm, makes shepherd’s huts which are built in the garden and used as studios, offices, guest bedrooms or changing rooms.

The firm was featured recently at the Chelsea Flower Show, as well as on television’s Countryfile, and as a result there was a huge increase in demand.

Enter Neil Fedden, of Fedden USP, who gave the firm a three-day Lean workshop to help it cope.

As a result the layout of the firm’s factory changed, increasing production without any decrease in quality.

Neil Fedden, principal consultant of Fedden USP, added: ‘It is a real pleasure to work with such a progressive company and product as Plankbridge. The level of craftsmanship can only be understood when you actually see the product being built.’

Richard Lee, founder of Plankbridge, added: ‘I am very pleased to report that output has increased from 31 huts per year to 60, and we are looking to increase that to 70.’