A company founded by a man from Cashel was one of the few business stops on the campaign trail for British prime minister David Cameron, recently.
Dunster House Ltd is one of the leading manufacturers of timber garden buildings in the UK, founded and run by Christ Murphy. It’s based in Bedford,
Mr Cameron is no stranger to Dunster House and anyone who has seen photos of the back garden of 10 Downing Street will know their work - a few years ago the company supplied the climbing frame used by the prime minister’s children.
Mike Hart-King, DH operations manager added, “Whenever David Cameron does interviews in the back garden our climbing frame is always in the background. It is nice to know that it is still going strong and sits proudly on Downing Street”.
Dunster House was one of the few businesses visited by Mr Cameron during his pre-election trip. (The UK generla election takes place this week.)
The visit was a chance for the family-run business to find out how the Dunster House climbing frame is faring in the garden at Number 10. The Camerons bought it from Dunster House five years ago.
“Prime Minister must be so happy with our product that he has come back for another one”, joked DH founder and director Chris Murphy.
Directors of the company said that for them “this visit was recognition of a local business and it’s standing in the local community”.
Dunster House was set up by Chirs, who emigrated to the UK in the 1960s. The company has been well established in the UK garden and outdoor lifestyle retail market for over two decades now. Over the years Chris has drawn on his education in Rockwell College, as well as his experiences in the British Army to ensure that Dunster House Ltd is constantly moving forward, thinking positively and meeting new challenges.
“With our continuous international marketing efforts and attending overseas trade exhibitions, we have been able to gain a significant amount of interest that has resulted in sales to the Middle East, Japan, New Zealand and across Europe”, he said.
One of his latest developments has been in the field of sanitation solutions for Humanitarian and Disaster relief products. Dunster House is playing its part in a research project being led by the University of the West of England and international charity Oxfam. Chris’s company has designed the emergency pissoire superstructure which helps scientist to generate electricity from urine. This new technology could have a huge impact in refugee camps where people have no electricity and proper toilets.
Dunster House pissoire has been chosen for the project as the scientists wanted to make the trial as realistic as possible. Dunster House has already become an Oxfam supplier and launched its emergency latrines to countries affected by conflict such as South Sudan and Central African Republic where thousands of people are living in temporary camps or small villages without access to water and adequate sanitation facilities.
Thanks to their cooperation with Unicef another superstructures and squat plates have gone to Chad – a country with one of the lowest rates of access to safe drinking water and sanitation services in the world.
Chris said, “Working with organisations like UNICEF or Oxfam ensures we can bring our knowledge and experience to bear in tackling the sanitation crisis.”