Bespoke furniture maker and architectural joinery company, NEJ Stevenson, celebrates 35 years of being in business this year. Nestled in rural Warwickshire, NEJ Stevenson has grown from being a sole trader business in a single garage to a limited company with a purpose – built workshop and 40 staff members. This has been by no means a small feat for Neil Stevenson Owner and Managing Director, who has successfully weathered 2 recessions and near collapse due to bad debt from a large client.
As cabinet maker to Her Royal Majesty The Queen, and Royal Warrant Holder, the company has developed a reputation for crafting some of the finest contemporary and heritage furniture available. This commendation is only further testament to the excellence in British craftsmanship that the company strives for.
The business prides itself on supporting numerous charities, the local community, and providing apprenticeship opportunities for young people, to name a few, hence the decision to celebrate the 35thanniversary by planting 35 trees at the St. Gabriel’s Church of England Academy in Houlton, Rugby was an easy one.
St. Gabriel’s C of E Academy opened its doors in September 2018. It sits at the heart of this new community and is passionate about retaining a link with the site’s heritage as a centre for global communication. Known locally as the ‘mast site’, it was formerly home to twelve 820ft masts, which helped pioneer global communications in the 1920’s.
Andrew Taylor, Headteacher said “As a school, we are committed to providing the best education (academic, spiritual, emotional and physical) for our children, when NEJ Stevenson contacted us about the tree planting event I was delighted as we have been exploring various options for trees for our wild wood area”.
Mark Pawsey, MP for Rugby commented “It is fantastic to see a local business of such renown engaging and contributing actively with the educational system and supporting the next generation of cabinet makers”.