Poultry feathers provides just the nest for upholstery business
A bespoke new showroom and workshop for Bruce Jack Upholsterer
opens its doors next week (Friday 18th and Saturday 19th November)
to anyone interested in seeing the excellent standard of work
on offer or learning more of the traditional techniques involved
The open day, which will feature demonstrations and furniture
in various stages of restoration, is to celebrate the opening
of the new premises made possible by a Rural Diversification
Capital Grant to convert a former poultry house at Cox Park
Farm near Gunnislake.
Prior to his retirement beef farmer Jeffrey Hearn applied
to the Business Link Devon and Cornwall run grant scheme to
turn an old poultry plucking shed into new premises called
'Feathers Barn' for his son-in-law Bruce's
Bruce Jack Upholsterer now employs two full-time and one
part-time employees including Jeffrey's daughter Angie
who does the business administration.
Marilyn Pryor Business Link's Rural Diversification
Capital Grant contract manager said: "The new building
has not only given the farmyard a face lift but is now ensuring
two generations of one family are making a living off the
farm. The conversion of the redundant poultry shed has improved
the viability of the holding."
Thirty five year old Bruce got into the trade after studying
in Wiltshire and then taking an apprenticeship in traditional
upholstery with Brian Morse at Wadebridge. Following Brian's
retirement Bruce decided to set up on his own, working out
of an old shed on his father–in-law's farm. "Initially,
it was good to have somewhere to work - but it wasn't
ideal," says Bruce. "The floor was uneven and
it was difficult keeping the climate suitable for restoring
Now all that has been solved - the new climatically controlled
premises boasts a showroom, a small office and 1000 sq feet
of level light workshop space plus a store for goods in and
out. The new building has also given Bruce the opportunity
to expand his business and employ more people. He is currently
doing a teaching qualification and hopes to run training courses
for budding upholsterers from the new premises next year.
"As well as my father-in-law getting the capital
grant that has made this all possible I have also received
some valuable assistance from Business Link to help move the
business forward. Whatever the question, Business Link has
always been most helpful and found a solution,"
says Bruce. "I am passionate about antiques and
there is currently no training organisation in the South West
that is running upholstery courses. I think it's really
important that we keep people coming into the industry and
encourage them to take up the craft."
Bruce Jack Upholstery will be open on Friday 18th and Saturday
19th November 11am to 4pm at Cox Park Farm, Gunnislake. For
further information please call 01822 834433.
For further information please contact press officer Carolyn
Daw on 01566 771863 or email: email@example.com.
The Objective One Partnership for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Business Link Rural Diversification
Capital Grant scheme through the European Agricultural Guidance
and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).
Anyone considering applying for EAGGF investment
for a new horticulture, food and land based industries project
is advised to speak with Maria Ford, at Government Office
South West - 01752 635015 - before commencing development
as there are now only limited funds available due to the successful
uptake of investment by the agricultural sector in Cornwall
and the Isles of Scilly.
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via an information gateway on the web www.blinkdandc.com
and via the telephone on 0845 600 9966 to all businesses and
those considering starting a business. Additionally It provides
impartial business advice and support through a network of
partner organisations, which it co-ordinates, and a register
of independent business practitioners. Business Link for Devon
and Cornwall delivers the national Business Link service to
the region under contract from the South West RDA.
Business Link has received Objective One investment (European
Regional Development Fund and EAGGF) to help companies improve
performance and grow.
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