Unbelievably, Hannah and I will be celebrating the 10th Anniversary of our business this Christmas.
Ten years ago, Guild Anderson started life in our family garage. With Hannah handling in-coming enquiries whilst spoon-feeding one baby and project meetings carried out in whispers so as not to wake a sleeping toddler, there were times when we wondered where our new venture would lead.
The embryo business grew by little steps at a time, with investment and infrastructure – if not exactly luxury – in the form of a Portacabin office and the first, large tool purchase of a wide-belt sander. The sander might seem of little significance now, but it was a pivotal point in Guild Anderson’s progress – shifting the balance in the books as a business, from hand-to-mouth, to a going concern. The wide-belt sander gave us back production capacity, relieving two people from sanding wood for an entire day.
So, practicalities aside, where are we today? The company is a busy team of seventeen, still creating original designs for fitted and freestanding furniture, and Guild Anderson is becoming a recognised name in its own right. We have found our niche as mid-priced but high quality, bespoke designers – and more importantly British-made furniture – specialising in the country house market.
The business potentially has European scope, with recent projects completed in Ibiza, Scotland and Ireland (with interior designers Mlinaric, Henry & Zervudachi). All commissions are made to order and we no longer just make kitchens but dressing rooms and utilities as well as library, home cinema, gun-room and wine specialist cabinetry.
Ten years on, the workshop is full, the projects are ever more complex but the company’s passion and enthusiasm for making furniture is palpable and undimmed. It is a hard call in today’s world to be both creative and commercial but one I hope that Guild Anderson manages to walk with aplomb.
As an independent workshop, we rely a great deal on personal referrals and are always thrilled when a client recommends us – it is the ultimate accolade.
We are grateful to all our friends, clients and colleagues who have made the past ten years possible and we look forward to the next ten. Please come and visit us again soon.
From everyone at Guild Anderson, we wish you all the best for 2014,