Fencing firm goes from Potton to Timbuktoo

Balaam Brothers have just celebrated 50 years in the fencing business
Balaam Brothers have just celebrated 50 years in the fencing business

From Potton to Timbuktoo in deepest Africa, Balaam Brothers have been fabricating and fencing for 50 years.

The business has been run by Denis Balaam for the past 25 years but was established in 1964 by his father Edward and uncle Frederick.

Denis explained: “My father, who died in 1984, and Frederick were roofers at the time but, after finding out that fencing contractors earned more money without facing the risks associated with roofing, they decided to establish a fencing business down in Stevenage.

“Within eight years the business had relocated to a yard in the centre of Potton, near Sandy, and then relocated to larger premises in Potton. We’ve been here ever since,” added Denis.

Under Denis’s stewardship the business expanded into bespoke steel fabrication and construction complementing the fencing side of the business with a wide range of standard products as well as a capability to manufacture fully bespoke steelwork.

The company’s ‘can do’ attitude has recently led to an order for bespoke steelwork and gates for a tin mine in Timbuktoo, Mali on the edge of the Sahara.

Sales Manager Colin Mayston said: “We live and breath fencing every day and whatever the customer query, we endeavour to answer yes.

“The order for Mali is a great example of that and we hope is the first of many as we bid to take the business forward. We’ve also had a recent enquiry from Senegal so we’re conquering Africa bit by bit!

“We have big ambitions to progress on the international sales front although the majority of our existing business, both fabricating and fencing installation, is in and around the Home Counties and East Anglia.

“We don’t pretend we can compete with the larger bulk producers on price but we can certainly provide the quality and level of flexibility to cater for the vast majority of customers’ needs.”

Colin has been at Balaam Brothers for almost seven years and has thoroughly enjoyed his time at the company.

“We’ve got a great team in place and we all have decades of experience in the industry and know how to grow businesses.

“However we could easily double the size of the business in three years and that is one of our objectives,” added Denis who has been involved in the business since the age of 14, some 42 years ago.

On the contracting front, Balaam Brothers’ fencing teams travel all over the south east fulfilling domestic, commercial and local authority contracts.

Colin added: “With the flexibility and experience to match anybody. Balaam Brothers is clearly going places, including Timbuktoo!”