With over 40 years combined experience in the industry, Paul Roper and Steve Washbrook saw an opportunity to establish their own kitchen, bedroom and bathroom business in rural South Gwynedd. Cader Kitchens opened in December 2016 and offers unique products and designs with a purpose-built showroom where customers can experience the accuracy, quality and professionalism of their designs.
Cader Kitchens currently employs 3 members of staff.
What they did
Prior to setting up the business, Paul and Steve attended a Business Wales pre-start workshop while still in employment. Following the workshop and with support from a Business Wales Relationship Manager, they developed their business plan and financial forecasts, which enabled them to start Cader Kitchens.
Since opening their showroom in a rural area between Bala and Dolgellau and successfully launching the business in December 2016, the pair has enjoyed considerable local interest in the business.
What would they do differently
"From the moment the business plan was created, we stuck by it. Every day is a learning curve, but we honestly believe we wouldn’t change a thing." – Paul Roper and Steve Washbrook, Owners at Cader Kitchens.
Their proudest moment in business
"We were really proud when we achieved a significant milestone hitting our 5-year target within the first 12 months of trading. Also, it was a very proud moment for both of us when more than 400 people turned up to our open day."
Do they use Welsh in their business? If so, how has this helped them
"Yes, Amy, our company secretary, is a Welsh speaker. We operate in a Welsh-speaking community and our customers very much appreciate being able to discuss their requirements in Welsh."
Describe the type of support (financial / non-financial) they’ve received from Business Wales / Welsh Government
Cader Kitchens benefitted from a pre-start workshop, delivered by the Welsh Government’s business support service, and received further Relationship Management support with their business and financial planning.
Business Wales’ Alan Woodbridge further assisted with the company’s plans for the future, exit strategy and growth opportunities including a potential expansion of the showroom.
Paul and Steve were also supported with HR matters such as contracts of employment, and explored funded recruitment schemes and training opportunities for upskilling staff with a specialist Business Wales Skills adviser.
Here are Cader Kitchens’ top tips for anyone else looking to start or grow their own business:
- seek advice from Business Wales and have a good business plan drawn out
- carefully consider location and the premises
- have a good understanding of your financial figures and be realistic about your finances
- be prepared to deal with the unexpected
- if you have the enthusiasm to start your own business, trust in your ability and always believe in yourself