*** Toast of Surrey 2015 "Creative Industries Award' Winner ***
*** Shortlisted 2014 'Entrepreneur of the Year Award' ***
*** Shortlisted 2014 'Social Success of the Year Award' ***
Oakdene Designs is a team of young budding designers and makers working from our gorgeous converted barn in a small village in Surrey. Every product we offer is designed and made by us in our studios, and we help to support other small businesses by sourcing our materials from British suppliers.
Oakdene Designs was founded in 2012 by Ben Grist while on his placement year at University. Ben started his business career aged just 17, when he began designing and manufacturing high end chicken coops.
Oakdene Designs range of wall stickers went from strength to strength, and Ben decided to leave his product design degree in his final year in order to work on the business full time.
The business became a hive of creativity, Ben hired some very talented young designers who work with him to this day to create great new products, which the rest of the team make in house.
Two years after going full time on the business, Oakdene Designs reached a million pound turnover. A great achievement for the team.
Today the team has grown from the early days, with seven full time staff and lots more helping out over the busy Christmas period.