The size and quality of a kitchen has become one of today’s style statements. In the past, buyers had to choose between a mass-produced kitchen from a small range of retailers, or an extremely expensive bespoke one. The Manor Cabinet Company claims to have plugged this gap. Founded by Terry McPartland and Tony Porter in 1996, it combines computers and carpentry to make upmarket kitchens in volume. Its computer-controlled factory can produce customised versions of everything from doors to cabinets, cutting waste and speeding up production. The firm sells its kitchens through a network of nine showrooms in southeast England. It also works for construction companies, sometimes making kitchens for a whole new housing estate. The Swindon firm has increased sales 149% a year from £251,000 in 1997 to £3.8m in 2000, when it had 63 staff.
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