Two Wiltshire craftsmen who make beautiful furniture from ethically-sourced timber are now supplying restaurant giant Nando’s.
William Hibbert and Samuel Baker, who co-founded Forest to Home, make wooden furniture for commercial clients and homeowners at their workshop in Lacock. The award-winning craftsmen preserve the natural character of raw wood to create unique pieces of furniture.
William and Samuel have also been commissioned to make an 8.4m-long boardroom table from a single piece of timber sourced from Windsor Great Park, part of the Crown Estate, for a London-based business.
The pair put their success down to the help they are receiving from coach Sue Marchant, of business growth consultancy Cool Ventures.
William said: “The advice we have received from Sue at Cool Ventures has been indispensable in helping us to expand the business. She has supported us during a crucial growth period where we have gone from working part-time to full-time and employing staff.
“Sue made sure we have proper forecasts and budgets in place that enable us to make informed decisions about the business based on data, rather than deciding things on a whim and just ticking over.”
Cool Ventures delivers the Swindon and Wiltshire SME Growth Programme which provides free intensive support to small and medium-sized businesses like Forest to Home. They benefit from one-to-one business coaching and access to workshops on key topics including business planning, finance, marketing and management.
Sue Marchant said: “William and Samuel make beautiful and unique pieces of furniture which convey their passion for the environment and sustainability.
“They now have a plan for growing the business and it’s great to see them winning new commercial projects for national companies. Having a proper growth strategy provides them with a focus for their business, enabling them to make better business decisions that will help them achieve their goals.
“It’s been great to work with two such inspirational craftsmen and I wish them every success with their exciting expansion plans.”
For more information visit www.coolventures.co.uk.
Pictured above: William Hibbert (left) and Samuel Baker (right), of Forest to Home