A buoyant joinery industry in the south-west is proving good news for architectural ironmongery company Häfele’s satellite Bristol operation.

Sales manager Paul Cook said growth patterns have revealed some interesting trends with sales up across the board – from manufacturers in large conurbations through to smaller operators in remote rural areas.

Mr Cook said: “We have started to pick up a lot of new business from small specialist companies here in the south-west. These are not just furniture makers, but also contractors working for large scale conservationist organisations like the National Trust, and for the many other tourism-based businesses down here.”

Contractors are hand-crafting joinery for the refurbishment of country houses and newly constructed hotels and holiday complexes and buying architectural ironmongery to complete the job.