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London-based furniture craftsmen expand and keep it local

14 June 2018 09:45


Custom furniture makers Grain have expanded their operation and moved into their own premises.

The London-based business, run by friends Robin Tyler and Tom Allen, recently moved from a shared workspace in Bethnal Green to their own space in Kentish Town, north London, and Robin says they are setting their sights on further growth.

The move means they can continue to maintain their ‘Made in London’ image, which they believe is so important in today’s world of low quality imports.

Co-founder Robin said: “Since we started the business we’ve had a great reaction and we felt like it was time to move to the next stage. Keeping the workshop and production in London was important for us too. You constantly see products being outsourced to China, and we wanted to be different and as a local as possible to our customers.”

To complement the new space the duo have bought new equipment, allowing them to scale the business and increase their output.

Robin said: “By buying our own machinery we can continue to maintain the high quality of furniture we have produced to date, but we will now be able to serve more customers with a faster turnaround time.”

The team now also have a successful base network of 'Roots Partners' too, which provide excellent opportunities for their products to be in front of potential customers.

To date, the Roots Partnership has meant that several businesses across North and East London, including cafes, bakeries and breweries, have been supplied with Grain’s quality furniture, where the public can visit and check out their work for themselves.

Robin added: “It’s been a hectic few months organising the new space while still working in the old one in the run-up to the move, but now we are settling in to the new space we really can’t wait to see what the future holds.”


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About Grain

We make space-conscious furniture. It's customised by you, from our own range of designs, to be exactly what you want. Made by hand, from solid wood, here in the UK.

We’re Grain, on a mission to change how you buy furniture. Co-founded by friends Tom Allen and Robin Tyler in 2016, we believe customised furniture doesn’t need to be expensive, and are passionate about our business that makes real products, built to last, that people love.

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