Building a Business for the Future
With his eldest son now part of the workshop team, Ciaran’s ambition is to build a business for the future. "We’re trying to create a company that lasts," he says. "My son has started an apprenticeship with us now and has really taken to it. It’s nice to be here working with him every day. And I’m really close to all the workers here – that’s what I enjoy about it all. It’s like having a big family."
Simon adds: "I have a positive approach and so has Ciaran. We started the business in the recession with no funding and we’ve set up, we have our crew here and work. We’re currently working 90 hour weeks. You have to be committed and have the right team, who are happy to work overtime."
No strangers to working in diverse environments with clients dotted around the map from Iraq to New Jersey, Lignum are set to make the move into the Dubai market. An exciting new addition to their business, Ciaran reveals: "We’ve set up a partnership in Dubai now. We’ve been working on this for two years, so it’s great. We’ll be making the pieces here and shipping them over for the hotel sector and in time, we may set up a studio there as well."
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