Double First

This is a week for firsts at Shufflebottom. On two counts. And we’re delighted at both.

Firstly, Tony Phipps, one of the newer members of the Shufflebottom Sales Team will see his first-ever commissioned erected steel-framed building leave the factory to take pride of place on site not far from us here in Carmarthenshire.

This is always a milestone for those working in sales, to see effort, hard work and an order in a book take concrete shape in the environment and be put to use for a specific purpose.

And it’s the purpose of the new building that is the second first, for we’ve never had a customer quite like this. Interesting to say the least. Animal Dramatics www.animaldramatics.co.uk has been training and supplying animals to the Film and Television Industry for over thirty-five years. From the beautiful farm close to Carmarthen, owner and animal trainer Jackie Sanger, is able to provide a range of well-trained animals or offer a setting for a shoot for drama, commercials, films or stills and a unique location for corporate events and Christmas and Birthday parties with a difference. If you’re a TV fan, it’s probably Jackie’s animals and pets you’ve seen making an appearance. From Coronation Street and Countryfile to Midsomer Murders and Miss Marple, they’ve played starring roles and appeared in the credits.

We’re delighted that this sizeable building from Shufflebottom (27.43m long x 12.19m wide x 5.49m to eaves with fibre cement roof and box profile side cladding) will play a starring role in Animal Dramatics and be used for training and housing these four-legged starts of the screen.

It’s a project that Tony nor us will forget. We’re also wondering whether the time might come when Animal Dramatics might provide an elephant for us at Shufflebottom, the living embodiment of out well-loved logo. Who knows?

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