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Churchview Joinery Ltd is Trading for Good

20th November 2014 By Karen Kebby in Case Studies


Business Profile By Karen and Philip Kebby.

What we do

Purpose made joinery including windows, doors, CAD designed & CNC produced staircases, high-end furniture, mouldings, skirtings and architraves. In fact anything in wood that you can't buy off the shelf.   

How we are Trading for Good?

Supporting our Community

We are involved in a number of community projects, one of them being Finger Point Signs for The Vale of Allen. There are a group of volunteers with the Vale who have undertaken to restore the old finger post signs in the area. The finger posts signs are a significant part of rural life and with the backing of the AONB the project is just taking off. Churchview Joinery will provide new finger posts, spray finished to replace the damaged rotten signs and the volunteers will restore the metal letters and then put the sign posts back together.  The project planning is complete and will soon be starting with the first finger post signs restored before winter.

We have also co-opted some of our suppliers to help with donations of material for this project. SCF Hardware Ltd, Bodycare Ltd & James Latham have committed to the project and been most generous.

Tollard Royal is a very community focused village in Wiltshire where we live. The business has donated the Parish notice board and regularly carries out repairs in the village. The church gate and bench have recently been repaired.

Our charitable activity

This year has also included MacMillan Cancer Support via both a village event and a customer event. We have also donated to the Royal British Legion, Epilepsy Society (offering sponsorship to a supplier) and DEBRA. We can't afford to give thousands but we give what we can when we can.

Helping young people to work

This is our main focus that we are so passionate about. Bournemouth and Poole Construction College is how we mainly connect to young people in the area. Churchview Joinery sponsors the Churchview Challenge Cup at the Annual Construction Awards and together with the cup the winner receives a drill/driver donated by the company. We usually attend in person as we enjoy the event very much. The cup is awarded to the best second year improver on the joinery course and has been won twice by our own apprentices. The candidates are nominated by their college tutors and each award recognises their achievements and hard work during their time at college and work placement. Some of the students have overcome great obstacles and it is wonderful to see their pride at receiving the awards. 

We also visit the college at various times during the year to give the students a mock interview with constructive advice on technique as well as giving lectures to the full time students on how to obtain an apprenticeship. This is also incredibly rewarding. We believe that by spending a few hours with the students it really helps them to find a career within the industry.

Churchview Joinery are also part of the work experience programme through the college.  Students come for two-day work experience slots throughout the year and last year they welcomed some of the furniture students to the workshop. It was great to see male and female students this year and they all benefited from their experience with the company. It also gives them the opportunity to see what a real joinery shop does. The students were genuinely impressed by the quality and variety of work produced.

Apprenticeships

We took on our first apprentice through CSkills in 2007. Prior to that we had been helping young people into work, but not through an official scheme. The business has now successfully trained five apprentices through the CSkills (formally the CITB) and hope to continue training young people in the future.

We wanted to give the next generation of young people a chance to come into our company, be trained by our highly skilled workforce and give them a real sense of what joinery is. The industry is sadly lacking and as the current joiners retire there will be a big short fall. We try whenever possible to employ an apprentice as opposed to someone already trained. We feel this works well for us and allows us to train them the way we would like them to work. It gives us a great sense of achievement when we see the apprentices progress.

Pro-Bono work

Beaucroft is a school for children with special needs. Churchview Joinery has supported the school by replacing broken parts of their wooden play equipment – free of charge.  This little project came via one of the employees of SCF Hardware and whose partner works at Beaucroft. We only provide little components but it means that a redundant piece of play equipment can be used again.

Employee engagement

Employees are regularly asked if there is anything in their local community that they would like to help with and wherever possible, the company’s resources whirl into action to help them. Neil Zebedee, the Foreman has been supporting Julia's House and has raised a substantial amount of money doing charity events.

James Miller, captains Wimborne Cricket Club and is one of the company’s joiners. Churchview Joinery sponsored the club this year by taking advertising in the fixtures booklet. 

How Trading for Good Help Churchview Joinery

Trading for Good helps us tell our personal story. It helps to show the personality of the business, that we care, and present it in an easy style to our customers. We believe that involving our employees in community work sends a very positive message to the team. The result has been that many of them have carried this ethos into their personal lives and further community work outside of the joinery.

As a well respected and trusted Company who care passionately about the future of joinery, working with Trading for Good has been an incredible tool for giving us focus for the future and empowering me to drive our business forward. I am already discussing Trading for Good with many of my suppliers & customers alike. There is no doubt that Trading for Good improves business success but more than that it gives you and your staff the opportunity to make a difference. The feel good factor is addictive

Since ‘joining’ Trading for Good, Churchview Joinery has also encouraged both our customers and suppliers to register and showcase the great work they are also doing.

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Karen Kebby
About the Author

Karen Kebby

Director at Chuchview Joinery Ltd

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