William Hermon Bond (pictured here in the 1930’s with his South Devon cattle) was a tenant of Port Eliot Estate. His farm expanded from around 30 acres supplemented by a local milk round until the family were able to move to nearby Trerulefoot in 1942 to a larger 140 acre farm. William could see that the rapid improvement in yields were going to cause over-production and told his three sons – Jim, Hermon and Martin – that they would “farm themselves out of business”. This piece of advice would lead the Bond family to become “serial diversifiers” for the next 60 years with a variety of businesses. The Bond family knew that diversification was the way forward and this started in the 1930’s when the bed and breakfast and caravan site began. A few years later, William joined forces with his three sons and in 1957, WH Bond & Sons was formed.
WH Bond & Sons is formed. Initially a family farming business, the Bonds soon develop an interest to diversify, as per the advice of Mr William Hermon Bond. The Bond family had already started to diversify prior to this with launching a bed & breakfast facility and caravan site, but with the new generation of Bonds – Jim, Hermon and Martin – on board, the family has bigger plans.
This passion for diversification leads the Bond family to create and build St. Mellion Golf & Country Club (now known as St. Mellion International Resort), which is opened by Mr WH Bond in 1976. As part of this venture, in 1989 the Bond family travels to the USA to meet with Jack Nicklaus; working together they design and build the first Jack Nicklaus golf course in the UK.
1997 sees the next generation of Bonds – Jon, Chris and Alison – take over the daily running of WH Bond & Sons. Due to the success of St. Mellion and several other projects the family had completed in the past, it is decided to expand the business. Thus, the Plant Hire and Civil Engineering departments are set up.
By 2003, WH Bond is turning over £300,000 a year. Having acquired Bake Sawmill as part of the land at Trerulefoot – the family decides to take over the company and re-brand it as Bond Timber. The next few years are to host large expansions at Bond Timber – with several new treatment tanks and storage sheds installed.
2007 marks the 50th anniversary for WH Bond & Sons.
2010 is a busy year for WH Bond & Sons as the business continually expands. Bond Timber takes over the Clinton Gates brand at their site on the Clinton Devon Estate, as well as installing brand new offices and retail shop at the Bake site in Trerulefoot. The Plant Hire and Civil Engineering departments are also expanding with over 100 telehandlers in their fleet.
With the decision made in 2011 to relocate to larger premises at St. Ive (Liskeard), the WH Bond Plant Hire fleet can continue to grow. In 2014, the fleet reaches 400 machines.
2015 sees more expansion at Bond Timber – with a new drying shed built to almost double the storage facilities onsite. The WH Bond hire fleet now contains over 20 articulated dump trucks, over 120 excavators of all sizes, and the company have just purchased their 150th Toyota Hilux.
Over the next year the company goes on to win several awards, including Treated Wood Trader of the Year 2015 for Bond Timber and Rural Business of the Year 2015 for the whole company. WH Bond & Sons are continually improving and developing their operations and services, and are continually looking forward.
Bond Timber wins the Award for Quality Excellence 2016 and Preservative Project of the Year 2016 at the Wood Protection Awards. 2017 is a celebratory year as W H Bond and Sons enters their 60th year in business.
A Family Business
We are proud to be a family-owned, family-run business. With the third generation of Bonds – Jon, Chris and Alison – at the helm, we are continuing to expand and improve our services whilst keeping the family farm at the heart of what we do.
60 Years of Experience
From humble beginnings on a 30 acre farm in Port Eliot, we have grown and diversified into an internationally recognised company with eight individual departments employing over 100 direct and indirect personnel.
A High Quality Service
We understand the importance of good service. No matter whether it’s timber, machinery, landscaping, civil engineering, earthmoving, recycling or training, we strive to ensure that we provide the best service for you.
This week we welcomed David Wells from the Heartswell South West charity as we have recently installed two defibrillators at WH Bond/ Bond Timber. Heartswell has purchased essential life-saving cardiac equipment for Derriford, Treliske and Exeter Hospitals, local GP surgeries, as well as investing in a defibrillator programme, benefitting local communities, schools, sports clubs etc.