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FURNITURE MAKER CARVES OUT NEW FUTURE
After spending 15 years studying and working in Glasgow as a Cabinet Maker, Michael Acey decided to return home to Oban and set up his own company specialising in bespoke furniture and interiors.
Formed over a year ago, Michael Acey Furniture and Bespoke Interiors creates quality custom designed high-end products from individual pieces of freestanding furniture, to built in interiors such as staircases, kitchens and doors.
Michael works with both domestic and commercial clients with commissions coming from as far afield as Chicago.
Now, with a steady stream of orders coming in and support from Business Gateway Argyll and Bute, Michael plans to move to a bigger workshop where he will have potential to eventually have a space to showcase and sell his designs.
Michael said: “I studied Furniture Construction and Design and went onto work for an established cabinetmaker for eight years. After this I set up on my own and for six years along with a business partner ran a company in Glasgow. But then my wife and I decided to move back home and after putting out the feelers I realised there was demand for a similar business here. I started doing some small jobs and mainly through word-of-mouth I began to get more and more work.
“Now, I have someone working alongside me and when he moves on in his training I’d like to take on another apprentice and hopefully in the future continue this process. This will not only allow me to train people to the same standard I was, but it will also be the creation of regular jobs for young people in the area.”
Michael’s service is proving to be in demand and he offers his impressive craftsmanship in both traditional and contemporary styles. The move to a bigger workshop will hopefully result in Michael increasing his staff levels, and offering apprenticeship opportunities, and he is confident that turning some of his space into a shop will capture opportunities from the retail market.
He added: “Whilst my focus will remain on bespoke items I do feel there is a market for having a small shop for locals and tourists to browse my work. The high influx of visitors who are always on the lookout for products that embody the west coast of Scotland could result in another strand of the business and help us to grow. The support I’ve had from Business Gateway has been great. The free courses and advisers are informative, knowledgeable and make sure you’re always going in the right direction.”
Angela Vernel, Business Adviser for Business Gateway said: “Michael has returned home to Oban and is using his talent and experience to run a growing business. Despite knowing what is required when setting up a company, Michael sought our advice and support as he knows how important impartial expert advice can be for any business owner.”
For more information visit www.michaelacey.co.uk
To find out more about how Business Gateway can help you set up and develop your own business call 01546 808 363 or visit www.bgateway.com/argyll-and-bute