A validation specialist who ensures pharmaceutical companies are meeting international standards is set to expand his business, thanks to his new garden office.
Rudyard-based Wayne Oultram is aiming to win new clients and eventually take on staff as his business grows.
He launched his company Oultram Validation Services in 2014 with wife Christine, who takes care of administrative matters, after working for pharmaceutical firms AstraZeneca and Teva Pharmaceutical Industries.
The 40-year-old validation specialist’s work involves writing protocols to ensure pharmaceutical manufacturing equipment and processes are fit for purpose and meet regulatory standards.
Initially working from the dining table of his home in Rudyard, Wayne has grown the company to the point where he needed a dedicated space to operate efficiently.
The dad-of-two now commutes daily to the end of his garden, where Rubicon Garden Rooms has just built his maintenance-free home office, complete with kitchen and toilet facilities.
The company uses materials created as a spin-off from the aerospace industry to create bespoke top-of-the-range buildings, which are used for everything from home offices to hobby dens, teenage chill-spaces and annexes for dependent relatives.
Wayne, who is originally from Macclesfield, said: “After working for large pharmaceutical firms, setting up my own company was the next logical step in my career.
“I’ve been in the industry for 20 years and had the confidence to go it alone and get my own clients. I’m where I want to be with the business at the moment. There are potential plans for expansion and having staff in the future, as I build up the company with small steps - the office being one of them.
“I work a lot at site and that entails travelling up and down the country. A lot of the documents I work with are confidential, which is why I work a lot at clients’ sites.
“However, there are occasions when I bring documents home, but I didn’t have anywhere in the house to work other than the dining room table. And when you’re working in the house there are too many distractions.
“I’ve got two daughters aged 11 and 12 and they’re getting to the point where they need their space to do homework so we decided it would help if my work was away from the house.
“When I was working at the dining room table I had to pack everything away at the end of each day whereas having my own office means I can pick up where I left off.
“The office is somewhere to spread out, and where I can file work away. Plus, having a toilet and kitchen means I don’t need to leave the office until the work is done.
“I’ve got everything I need there and it means there are no distractions. If you’re having to go back in the house during the day it pulls away from having that separate building.
“It also means I’m keeping the business stuff away from my personal life.”
Rubicon Garden Rooms founder and managing director John Lyon was inspired by his 20 years as an engineer at plane manufacturer British Aerospace to develop a zero-maintenance wood fibre composite material.
John said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been able to provide Wayne with the office space and facilities he craved, so he is now free from the distractions of working at home.
“Our top of the range, zero-maintenance units offer the perfect solution for people who want to separate their work and family life but still enjoy the benefits of running their business from home.”
Fully insulated, the materials used in Rubicon’s garden rooms simulate wood, whilst other products simulate stone and slate to enhance comfort, zero-maintenance and aesthetic appeal. The company has just been accredited for its commitment to customer service, under the Buy With Confidence scheme run by local authority Trading Standards teams.
Wayne added: “I started looking at the option of building an office at home last autumn and came across Rubicon Garden Rooms - I was working in North Wales, near where the company is based, so went to look at its showroom.
“The key thing for me was Rubicon were keen to do everything.
“It’s not just a case of constructing a building, they do all the internal stuff too. It’s the whole package.
“Another important factor for me is the external cladding - it means the building is maintenance free and is going to look good for a long period of time.”