A HAMPSHIRE fencing firm is pushing the boundaries and creating new jobs.

It comes as the firm celebrates its golden anniversary.

Nursling-based New Forest Fencing is marking its 50th birthday by expanding its business.

They have purchased the six-acre Mill Lane site they have leased since the firm was established by David and Jackie Wateridge in 1965.

The family business is now also run by the couple’s sons Darren and Michael, with grandsons Jack and Dan.

They now plan to develop the premises, creating new offices, modern workshops and their own shop, which they hope will lead to at least five new jobs.

The expansion has come thanks to a loan from Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking.

Darren Wateridge said: “Securing the premises has been a long-cherished ambition for the family and the business.

“The fact that we can finally claim ownership in this landmark year, makes the purchase ever more satisfying and significant.

“Owning the land secures the future of the company and the jobs of our valued employees.

“It also gives us the scope to grow the business and expand in ways that were unachievable in the past.”

The family currently employ 23 people and provide installation and contracting services, as well as manufacturing and selling fencing.

Stephen Fahy, manufacturing relationship manager at Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking, said: “The bank has a strong relationship with New Forest Fencing, having worked with the business since its beginnings in 1965.

“We are pleased to offer it the support necessary to achieve this milestone and help safeguard its future.”