Bespoke Barnsley joinery company celebrates 30 years in the business

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

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.