Forever Spaces in Haddington has doubled the size of its team to eight in-house designers, fitters, project managers, a showroom manager and a new joiner to ensure its well equipped for the expanding workload.
The newest recruits are Fiona Morrison, an interior designer from Port Seton who has made Haddington her home, and Bob Black from Macmerry who joined Forever Spaces from Laurence Mackintosh, the Edinburgh joinery and cabinet makers.
Forever Spaces is one of the only East Lothian firms to employ and train apprentices. Both Jack in Plumbing and Robson in Joinery are from Musselburgh, and are just over a year into their apprenticeships. They were selected from more than 180 applicants.
“We introduced an apprentice scheme to invest in our commitment to excellent customer service,” says Rod Williams, the founder of Forever Spaces who lives in Longniddry.
“Few kitchen, bathroom and bedroom installers are training their own employees; there is a shortage of highly skilled tradespeople which makes it more difficult to maintain high standards, so our apprentice installers spend many weeks in the classroom, supported by hands-on training and mentoring from our highly experienced staff.”
“To make Brexit work we need properly trained apprentices,” adds Rod Williams. “We want to invest in local talent and develop our team so that they understand our ethos and the high standard of workmanship we deliver.”
“Our home, play and work spaces all have to work hard for us. Here at Forever Spaces, we work hard for our customers to make sure that happens” says Fiona Morrison, the new showroom manager, who previously lectured in interior design in Sydney.
“Our homes and offices should bring us comfort and joy, and aid productivity, but the design challenges can be overwhelming. That’s where Forever Spaces can help, with tailor-made solutions specific to your needs.
“An interior designer understands much more than colour, fabric and furnishings; they also work with space, flow and ergonomics. Good design brings beauty into the home. Our clients want their homes to sparkle, they want that wow factor, and to share their homes beautiful with friends and family.
“Kitchens, for example, work very hard in the home, so they must be designed for the homeowners’ lifestyle. They’re a big investment, and one that we want to get right. Our fitted wardrobes are designed and costed in front of the client so that every shelf and hinge cost is known in advance, and can be adjusted to suit any budget requirements.
“The relationship between designer and client is one of trust and understanding. That’s why it’s really important to listen to our clients and understand their desires.”
“The team at Forever Spaces works hard to really understand our clients’ requirements, in terms of design, space, and budget. This means asking a lot of questions and trying not to make any assumptions. We never forget that it’s their project. We want our clients to ‘Love the home they’re in’,” concludes Rod Williams.
You can visit Forever Space’s new showroom at 1-2 Church Street at the end of the Haddington High Street for a coffee and complimentary design meeting. If you mention this article, you’ll be entitled to a £150 discount on any project.