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A booming order book has led to the creation of a new job at Hexham's Hepple Furniture.

Colin Dobby joined the traditional furniture maker as an upholsterer. He has now taken up the newly-created role of production manager.

"The expansion of the business meant it became necessary for us to appoint a manager to oversee the production process, from order to delivery," said Mike Bottomley, Hepple sales director.

"Few today have the necessary skills and training in the traditional methods we use. However, Colin has 20 years' experience in the industry, which made him the ideal person to help take the company into its next phase of growth. We are a small, family-run business, and Colin has long been a key member of staff."

Mr Dobby's new role involves working closely with all production staff to maintain the high standards of craftsmanship for which Hepple is renowned.

"I undertook a five-year apprenticeship when I left school, and have been working in the furniture industry ever since," he said.

"Working with Hepple has allowed me to make use of my knowledge of traditional working methods and to pass these skills on to today's apprentices. The company has also invested in management training to support me in my new role."

The increase in business has also meant the appointment of two new members of staff - one framemaker and one upholsterer - to keep up with demand.

Garry Pilkington is a time-served framemaker and joins from Newcastle Joinery, in Gosforth. Simon James from a Durham upholstery firm.
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Oct 9, 2003
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