The agency was established in 2013 by a group of Czech entrepreneurs permanently living in the United Kingdom.
Since then the agency has grown into a formidable business and an expert in procurement of supplies to the UK.
The idea to connect British architects and developers with Czech manufacturers came about as a result of repeated requests from both sides to help them broker business deals between them. Our knowledge of the Czech Republic, its traditions, customs and way of doing business is immense to our British clients. However, the main reasons architects and developers use our services is for quality products we offer them and significantly lower prices compared to other British manufacturers.
The Czech Republic is situated in central Europe neighbouring Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland. Germany is the
biggest market for Czech exports. It is particularly well known for its high-quality and reliable products. For any
Czech manufacturers to stand a chance on the German market, they must satisfy the high standards the Germans are used to.
Therefore, the appetite of Czech producers to remain competitive in the biggest market in Europe is what makes for products
of the highest quality.
Czech car manufacturer Skoda is an apt example of German influence. Known for its poor quality in the 90’s, Skoda, under the guidance of Volkswagen, transformed itself into one of the most reliable car manufacturers in Europe. It also became one of the best-selling cars in the UK in 2015. We at Expanse Ltd. only represent Czech manufacturers with excellent manufacturing standards and practises. Moreover, every producer and its directors are independently vetted for its solvency and legal affairs. These precautionary measures are taken to put our British clients at ease and ensure smooth business between both parties.
Cost is the other factor. Every product manufactured requires labour and with the cost of living significantly lower in the
Czech Republic, producing goods is more cost effective. For example, quality joiner in the UK earns around £20 per hour.
However, the Czech counterpart receives 120 CZK (around £4 per hour). Even with increasing automation in manufacturing, labour is still a fundamental part of production.
Therefore, we are able to connect you with manufacturers at competitive prices and the savings you will be making are not negligible either, around 40%-50% including transport - and our services are completely free.
After years of success, we extended our services to include wholesale and retail. This allowed us to cherry-pick exciting products
and introduce them on to the UK market. We believe in healthy competition whereby our clients benefit from a wider variety of their
product offerings and competitive prices for their customers. We cater for wholesalers, retailers, builders’ merchants, importers,
exporters, garden centres, pet stores, online shops and other businesses that are continuously looking to enhance their product offerings.
Last but not least, we also represent Czech construction firms, installers and other trade specific companies to carry out the work British clients require. These are not individual small-scale family projects (such as a house extension) but rather development projects. Similarly, Czech construction firms and their directors are independently vetted for solvency and legal affairs. Furthermore, compliance with strict UK regulations and practises is a must before we offer them to our British clients. In addition, our partners are part of UK industry trade associations and have the necessary accreditations in order to be eligible to operate in the UK (e.g. Electrical contractor’s association ECA, ECS gold card – electricians, CSCS card – construction sites). In this way you can be certain that our partners not only deliver the highest calibre of work but also are always held accountable.