Established in 1920, Scotts of Thrapston has provided high-quality timber products for more than a century. We have evolved with the changing landscape of the housebuilding sector, always meeting the needs of our customers.

Scotts Timber Engineering is an established company yet has the further support and resources of a respected and reputable family business.

The art of joinery is an ancient craft and has been used vastly around the world for centuries, particularly for building. Joinery runs through the history of the Scotts Group and as time has passed, rather than standing still, the Group has combined the skill and traditional craftsmanship with modern machinery.

In the UK, homebuilding is a growing sector and Scotts Timber Engineering is proud to be providing long-lasting, high-quality timber products for the next generation of new homes.

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1920

The Beginning of Scotts

Scotts was the brainchild of James Scott, an entrepreneurial fortune hunter returning home to Thrapston following the Canadian Gold Rush at the turn of the twentieth century. James employed skilled cabinet makers who had been supporting the war effort making wheelbarrows, ladders and chicken coops during the First World War. They started creating the first range of Scotts timber products.

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1938

Second Generation of the Scotts Joins the Business

At the onset of the Second World War, the skills of Scotts’ workers were in huge demand again. About the same time, Scotts’ association with timber summerhouses began as they became the fashionable garden accessory for British gentry. James’ son, Douglas, also joined the business at this time and had ambition to make a name for Scotts within the poultry industry.

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1962

Third Generation of the Scotts Joins the Business

Fast forward 20 years or so, and the business changed again. Scott’s founder passed away in 1962, and just a year before, David Scott, the current chairman, joined the family business. David was keen to keep the family’s principles and drive alive while at the same time moving the business to a more modern and commercial approach. This moulded Scotts into the company that it is today.

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1970

The Joinery & Truss Division was founded

The joinery division was established in 1972 and a roof trusses division in 1976, the year Douglas retired.

From the purpose-built factory, Douglas’ last project before retirement, David took the helm. He created advertising campaigns, developed a sales network across the UK and overseas and launched new products for the equestrian market. In the early days David worked in the factory making the products as well as helping to install them on site, acquiring a real understanding of Scotts’ customers. David’s passion for the business drove the expansion of the Scotts range of summerhouses, forming relationships with organisations such as The National Trust and the Royal Horticultural Society.

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2000

Forth Generation of the Scotts Join the Business

In 2000, David’s son, James, named after the company’s founder, joined the business. He is now managing director. James is driving the business with his exceptional senior management team, maintaining the culture and values of a long-established brand while also bringing new and innovative ideas to benefit a fast-growing customer base.

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2020

Scotts Celebrates it’s Centenary

2020 will be remembered for many things, but for Scotts it was also a year of celebration as it marked 100 years of business. The company has survived through a world war, multiple recessions, uncertainties surrounding Brexit and now a global pandemic. More than 100 years since a globetrotting entrepreneur first founded the business, Scotts continues to be admired for its craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail. We look forward to what the next 100 years will bring…

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