Spotlight on TMC Bespoke Joinery

We design, manufacture and install , reception counters , storage areas and other office furniture solutions for a multitude of well known company’s, including Debenhams (Centrica British Gas), Walkers Crisps, Belzona, Nestlé, Welcome Trust, Leeds Rhino’s, Manchester United, Skipton Building Society, Bradford Council, Ralph Capper.

How did you get into your field?

Shaun Topper:
"I started as a van driver in a similar furniture  company at the age of 19.  I saw the benefits of working my way up the company ladder so served my time in different departments.  Sanding and preparation  one year then moving into the lacquer shop for a further 18 months. Tinting, painting , labouring forthe joiners for 6 months, I did the lot!  Finally I was given a permanent position which I held for 3 years. I progressed to Assisant workshop manager then to Workshop manager for 3 years. Finally I held the position of Production Manager, then redundancy occurred! I enjoyed my progress thoroughly, I became very competent and continued progressing from there."

Michael Matley:
"I started working in a Timber yard at the age of 20 after which I decided to go to college and did my nvq level 2 in bench hand joinery. I learned my trade as a traditional carpenter making staircases & sash windows and everything in between. After working there for 4 years I decided to go self employed with a friend fitting kitchens, pvc windows, floors  and doors. I started at the same company as Shaun approximately 6 years ago, making counters, reception counters and courtrooms.  After working closely together with Shaun at this company we decided to start TMC Bespoke Joinery Ltd and use our skills to make our own dreams come true."

Why do you do what you do?

We both enjoy the variety of bespoke furniture we are asked to produce and the  challenges that come with that. Every day is a learning curve. We enjoy working together, work well as a small team and use each others strengths to produce great products.

The job satisfaction we get from seeing our products being installed is immense. From receiving the original proposal then turning them into high quality and practical plans is what drives us. Ensuring the client is informed all the way through production is important to us. We send photographs showing the client the different stages we are at so they can plan timescales. We provide a service we would expect to receive ourselves.

What drives you?

The drive to go into business together was borne out of a working relationship forged at a similar company. We worked closely together as a unit and we were very productive together. We decided, very bravely, to build a business of our own, building our own clients and setting our high standards. The ultimate driver is being able to look back in a few years and say we’ve built this, proving to ourselves, and others, that we could succeed from a very humble beginning.

What's your greatest success story?

We are very proud of our clients satisfaction in our work and the strength of our business.

What's the most important lesson?

  • Being honest from start to finish 
  • Going above and beyond what the client expects (within the financial constraints we have to work in)
  • Not to overstretch ourselves in terms of workload
  • To never let anyone down on deadlines
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