Design developer Catherine Martel and creative director David Wilson of Dovetailors
(L-R): Catherine Martel, design developer at Dovetailors, David Wilson creative director of Dovetailors.
Austen Shakespeare

Yorkshire furniture manufacturer expands production and workforce with £28k grant

A Leeds furniture maker will expand its manufacturing capacity with investments in new machinery following a £28K grant from the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership.

Dovetailors’ has stated that its investment in a new CNC cutting machine will increase productivity and create two new jobs at its Pudsey site.

The firm also operates a manufacturing line making wood components for commercial clients.

David Wilson, engineer and creative director at Dovetailors, said: “Our two existing CNC machines have revolutionised the way our business works, helping us tackle more complex shapes and structures and speeding up the production process.

“The new machine will increase our capabilities further, expanding capacity and making us an even more cost effective option for commercial partners who are looking for a reliable UK-based supplier.”

The company has moved twice in the past five years to accommodate growth after its component manufacturing work for British furniture companies took off, first to Sunny Bank Mills in Farsley and then, in 2019, to its current site on Stanningley Road.

David concluded: “Investing in a third CNC machine means we can compete with overseas manufacturers more effectively on capacity as well as price which will open more doors and ultimately help us create further skilled design and cabinet making jobs and apprenticeships here in Yorkshire.”

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