Bespoke joinery company celebrates 30 years in the business

22 September 2015

Graham Cranston of Kirk and Cranston - This photo was supplied by Capital B Media, a public relations and media training agency based in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. For more information, please visit www.capitalbmedia.co.uk A Barnsley joinery company, which helps restore historic public buildings and business premises, is celebrating its 30th birthday at the end of this month.

Kirk and Cranston makes a range of high quality timber products, including doors, windows and staircases.

The company, which is being given free business support by Enterprising Barnsley, a business support programme delivered by Barnsley Council, specialises in restoration.

It has worked on properties including Sheffield Town Hall, Barnsley’s Lamproom Theatre and The Civic, and has been commissioned to reinstate a traditional shop front at one of Leeds’ oldest buildings, a shop on Kirkgate, which dates back to the early 19th century.

Managing director Graham Cranston said: “We set ourselves very high standards and are proud to be invited to work on local projects, particularly where old buildings are involved. We can reproduce any type of window and door and make it look authentic but also make it effective.”

The company also works in London with a major property owner, replacing original sash windows with reproduction double-glazed versions in the Marylebone area, including Harley Street.

Graham started the company with his business partner Steve Kirk on September 30th 1985. They were based in a small rented unit in Birdwell and had a turnover of £40,000 in their first year. Graham took over running the company on his own when Steve retired in 1998.

In 2001 Kirk and Cranston moved into 6,500 sq ft premises at Carlton Industrial Estate. To cope with demand a suite of offices is now being created above the main shop floor to allow for more storage and meeting space.

Turnover is now £600,000, and staff numbers have gone from the two of them to 13, and there are plans to take on two new joinery apprentices this autumn.

Enterprising Barnsley has given the company advice on green energy, its website, sales, marketing and health and safety.

Graham said: “This level of support is very valuable for smaller businesses. Enterprising Barnsley are an excellent, central organisation that we know we can turn to when we need help.”

Andy Arnold, of Enterprising Barnsley, said: “Kirk and Cranston has developed a reputation for high-end joinery which means that its work is in demand across the UK.

“It’s testament to the craftsmanship of Graham’s team that a Yorkshire company is being asked to tender for so much prestigious work down in London too, and we are delighted to be able to support them in any way we can.”

Enterprising Barnsley is supported financially by the European Union and has attracted £3,015,276 investment from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development, through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Notes to editor

Attached photograph shows Graham Cranston, managing director of Kirk and Cranston with one of their bespoke window frames.

For more information about Kirk and Cranston go to www.kirkandcranston.co.uk, contact Graham on 01226 725723 or at grahamcranston@btconnect.com

For information about Enterprising Barnsley go to www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk or contact Tracey Johnson on 01226 720700 or at traceyjohnson@barnsley.gov.uk

The Enterprising Barnsley programme is part financed by the Yorkshire and Humber European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.gov.uk/browse/business/funding-debt/european-regional-development-funding

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