Furniture manufacturer fit for royalty expands to meet growing demand - The Rugby Observer

Furniture manufacturer fit for royalty expands to meet growing demand

A FURNITURE manufacturer fit for royalty is planning to expand its premises to meet a growing demand for its services.

Since NEJ Stevenson was founded in 1984 – when Neil Stevenson borrowed £1,000 from his dad, Alan, to buy machinery and he set to work in his dad’s garage – it has become one of the UK’s most highly regarded bespoke furniture manufacturers.

His dad’s faith and Neil’s skills and determination led to the creation of a business which designs, manufactures and installs custom-made luxury furniture and architectural interiors from its base at Church Lawford Business Centre.

The 40-strong company which counts the Royal Household, English Heritage and National Trust among its impressive list of clients has been helped since 2015 by the Coventry and Warwickshire Growth Hub through a combination of accessing finance, planning and skills.

Plans have been approved for a single-storey extension with a roof terrace at the front of NEJ Stevenson’s site to create a new reception area and a new meeting room.

Neil said: “I started off making one-off pieces of furniture for local private clients and through working with architects and interior designers, we began to obtain bigger orders and moved into residential projects which were more complex.

“In 1996, we received a telephone call from someone working at Windsor Castle – which was unexpected – and our first job for the Royal Household was to create Gothic oak screens in the Masters Gallery. That led to more work ahead of receiving the Royal Warrant in 2003, which we have had ever since.

“We were proud to have designed the Coronation chairs which were used to seat members of the Royal family as well as dignitaries at Westminster Abbey in May.

“In 2012, we were asked to design and produce a whisky box for Johnnie Walker to raise money as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. That led to orders from other whisky companies and around £1million of our income each year comes from producing whisky boxes.”

NEJ Stevenson  moved to its current premises in 1999 and built an extension to accommodate more machinery – which is when it first had dealings with the Growth Hub over a 50 per cent match-funded grant.

The company also received funding through the Coventry and Warwickshire Green Programme for solar panels, air source heat pumps and changing its lights to LED.

Craig Humphrey, CEO at CW Growth Hub which celebrates its tenth anniversary next year, said: “We are here to help businesses put their plans into action.

“NEJ Stevenson is a perfect illustration of that because the grants over the years have ensured they have accelerated their ability to expand and broken down any barriers.”

Growth Hub Account Manager Adam Plumb added: “It is fantastic that three more employees have recently joined the team to work on their projects, which are all really interesting and highly-skilled.

“The plans to expand their premises will create a new-look reception and meeting room and we wish the team all the best in continuing their commitment to excellence and innovation.”


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