Dan’s Grand Designs for growth are being realised
Steve Parker, Business Growth Hub advisor, with Dan Smith at the new Grand Designs premises in Grimsby's Adam Smith Street.
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 31 Jul 2018
A KITCHEN retailer turned manufacturer has taken a huge step into production, with new premises five times the size of the former base.
With support from Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Grand Design Services Lincolnshire Ltd has taken a 6,000 sq ft unit on Adam Smith Street, dramatically increasing square footage from a shop on Grimsby Road.
Dan Smith, owner, has made the move, recruiting accordingly after seven years in business.
He said: “When we first started we just had the showroom, then two years ago we started manufacturing on a small scale, one kitchen a week. Now we have a bigger manufacturing facility, with CNC machine and spray booths, so we can produce five kitchens a week at capacity. It is a big change. We have taken an extra four people on, including an apprentice, taking us up to six.
“We have a lot of experience in the people we have employed, some have been in the industry for 20 to 30 years, for them there is little they cannot do.
“We also have a cabinet maker, which has added a skill set, allowing us to deal in curved walnut products. His background was originally with musical instruments, so for him kitchens are quite easy!”
A centre display has just been created in that design. Coming weeks will see the showroom element of Adam Smith Street created, transferring from Grimsby Road.
Mr Smith was previously in the building trade, but his father-in-law manufactured kitchens before he went into the retail side. “I worked alongside him to start with, and built up from there,” he reflected.