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PUBLISHED: 10:15 25 June 2008 | UPDATED: 15:17 20 February 2013
Jayrest Interiors in Hadleigh prides itself on local manufacture, local staff and traditional values. Lynda Keeble talks to Essex Life about her beloved 40-year-old family business...
Jayrest Interiors in Hadleigh is renowned for quality handmade furniture and upholstery.
It is 40 years of successful family business and passion that has built up a local reputation that is second to none. Started by Alan James, it is now his children, Lynda Keeble and Tony James, who run the show, creating quality furniture and fabrics at reasonable prices. From humble beginnings in Ipswich the much-loved family venture has been nurtured into larger premises and now has a factory and adjoining showroom at Lady Lane Industrial Estate in Hadleigh.
Lynda puts the ongoing success down to passion and reputation. She says: 'Being well known for quality and value is a huge advantage. The business has come on leaps and bounds, with new designs and fabulous fabrics being created all the time. Inspired upholsters, machinists and sales staff at Jayrest take pride in every single job that they do, from start to finish.'
A huge advantage for customers coming to Jayrest is the fact that the factory is right next door to the showroom. Never again will you have to worry about unpredictable delivery times. Another asset to the business is that Jayrest takes pride in being one of the few remaining British manufacturers still in existence. Lynda comments: 'The British furniture trade is going through a difficult time with many British businesses forced out by cheaper imported furniture. We are proud that we have found the niche in the market for the people who want the quality and the service that we can offer, as well as keeping the local economy strong and local people in jobs. Also, there are no high street overheads, and our customers are often surprised by the reasonable prices for wonderful products.'
It is the bespoke service and attention to detail that really sets Jayrest apart from some other furniture manufacturers and retailers. Lynda explains: 'I love what I do. I understand that the whole thing can be daunting for customers and an expensive mistake if they get it wrong.'
'I try to make the experience in our showroom an enjoyable one where customers feel comfortable. I get great pleasure in seeing a customer who really doesn't know how to go about refurbishing a room, then giving then a little guidance to help them walk away with something that they are thrilled with.'
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