A HUSBAND and wife team from Ashington are celebrating after their business was awarded membership of a prestigious national trade guild.
The couple, John and Alison Orgill who run Square Peg, a traditional carpentry and furniture making company, had to undergo a rigorous application process in order to qualify for membership of the Guild of Master Craftsmen.
This included gaining detailed customer references and demonstrating professional expertise, skill and integrity.
The business was formed just over a year ago when John, with more than 20 years carpentry experience, decided it was time to use his talent and skills to fulfil a lifetime ambition to start his own business. The couple have never looked back since and can now boast a growing customer base built on both quality and the individuality of the product.
The award ensures that Square Peg's customers receive an excellent product backed up by a quality service as the Guild's stringent entry criteria ensure that only those companies who meet the requirements are awarded membership, which is by no means automatic.
"We have worked really hard to build up the business and it has grown to such an extent that we have recently become employers for the first time by taking on an administration assistant and an apprentice joiner," said Alison.
Another milestone on top of the Guild of Master Craftsmen is a successful bid to the Wansbeck LEGI Programme. LEGI is a long term Government supported initiative designed to help develop a more enterprising culture; support local business growth and attract new investment and employment opportunities into the district.
This will enable Square Peg to move the business even further forward in terms of marketing and product development including the launch of a company website early in the New Year.
Angela Steward, chair of Wansbeck Business Forum, was delighted that the couple had achieved national recognition for their work: "Square Peg is an excellent example of how businesses in Wansbeck are taking the initiative and putting themselves and the region on the map by demonstrating that they are up there with the very best."
"This has been a fantastic first year in business for us," said John.
"With our new staff, guild membership and assistance from LEGI we hope to go from strength to strength."