Bespoke furniture makers, Guild Anderson, have recently recruited two new members to the workshop team – Isaac Sams and Richard Lockyer.
Richard joins as Operations Manager, working alongside Head of Design, Nick Anderson. Richard’s brief is to ensure projects run as smoothly as possible through the workshop, from design concept through to delivery and fitting. His previous roles with a high-end furniture manufacturer and at Sunseeker, builders of luxury yachts, mean he brings with him excellent project management skills and a determination to exceed customer expectations on every project.
Richard looks forward to building on the company’s successful first 13 years, developing both the capacity of the workshop and speed of delivery for customers. Improvements in through-put are already being made without losing the high quality of design for which Guild Anderson has become recognised. Many clients like to visit the Guild Anderson workshop to see their furniture being made so the new layout will also show the flow of work to visitors more clearly.
Isaac is the youngest to join the Guild Anderson workshop, starting as an apprentice at the end of 2015. Isaac built up a solid understanding of woodwork, specialising in Resistant Materials at Wyvern College, Salisbury, and is following a three year DIDAC apprentice scheme at Guild Anderson.
The DIDAC apprenticeship course covers traditional woodwork and tools to complex joinery methods. What Isaac has enjoyed most about joining Guild Anderson, is how everyone works together like a family. ‘Someone is always there to help if you get stuck. It’s a good place to be an apprentice, to learn new things every day. Some apprentices just stay on one task, but here you are never doing the same thing, which is great.’
Prior to Richard and Isaac, Furniture Designer Sam Willis was the last to join the team in 2015, taking the number of employees today to 15. With a background working as a skilled cabinet-maker for nine years, Sam is an invaluable link between Guild Anderson’s workshop and design team.
Guild Anderson has remained true to its roots in creating bespoke cabinetry. Nick Anderson is keen to retain traditional working methods, designing and crafting furniture by hand as much as possible. The company does embrace technology where needed (such as the CNC router) to balance the time and cost of producing a hand-made yet affordable product.
It is a positive future for this independent, Wiltshire-Dorset border based business. Guild Anderson’s mission is that every cabinetry commission undertaken will be delivered on time and budget. The goodwill towards the company and its customer service is certainly paying off: 80% of orders are introduced through personal recommendation, quite an accolade.