Next generation looks to expand family business

Stour Valley Joinery. Keith Brown, David Everett and April Brown, with dogs Monty and Harry. ANL-150402-144503001
Stour Valley Joinery. Keith Brown, David Everett and April Brown, with dogs Monty and Harry. ANL-150402-144503001

The next generation of joiners have brought with them a fresh approach to help boost the fortunes of a Sudbury business.

Stour Valley Joinery, which is based on the Ballingdon Industrial Estate, was formed out of the old County Side Joinery, with strong family connections ensuring business is as busy as ever.

Terry Everitt and Keith Brown launched the original company in the 1980s and now their children have joined them, with Terry’s son David and Keith’s daughter April both on board.

At 41 years old, David has plenty of experience in the trade.

As well as working as a carpenter and joiner, he spends much of his time in the office, dealing with the administrative side of the business and finding ways to increase trade.

The finishing touches are currently being applied to a new website. It will enable customers to order products which will be made straight in the workshop.

April, 25, who specialises in bench joinery, learnt the trade from her father, spending time perfecting her skills in the workshop, just as David did.

“All my weekends and holidays were spent in the workshop with Keith and dad,” said David.

Business is now so busy that Terry, 73, often has to be called out of retirement to help out.