NEXT STEP: Nicolette Henman and Brett Henman, owners of Just Joinery, have just launched their second business Creative Edge Cabinetry.
NEXT STEP: Nicolette Henman and Brett Henman, owners of Just Joinery, have just launched their second business Creative Edge Cabinetry. Rainee Shepperson

Couple finds business success with 'dying art'

WORKING hands paired with a flair for design, Mackay couple Brett and Nicolette Henman complement each other in a way that has made their company thrive.

Business partners for 10 years and married for nine, the couple have this week launched their second business, an incredible achievement for the parents of two.

Creative Edge Cabinetry will offer a range of services for people who are renovating or building a home.

"We have wanted to get into the flat panel side of things, kitchens, wardrobes, vanities and laminated products for a while now,” Mr Henman said.

"At our existing business Just Joinery, we mainly work with solid timber and custom-make entry doors, furniture and staircases.

"I think branching out into cabinetry will allow us to expand on our offerings, hire some more staff and cater for a wider range of clients.”

Joinery uses all natural timber whereas cabinetry uses man-made board with laminate. Mr Henman said joinery was "a bit of a dying art”.

"It's quite difficult to employ joiners, whereas we can see a huge opportunity in employing cabinet makers,” he said.

"I'd like to step away from the tools a little bit and focus more on the business, so expanding our team will allow me to do that.

"We also have two young kids so ideally I would like to spend more time with the family.”

As an experienced interior designer, Mrs Henman said she was looking forward to helping clients create their ideal home.

"Creating amazing kitchens and vanities is the priority for most people, as well as unique bench-tops,” she said.

"Creative Edge will give us more opportunities because we can now use a range of different materials, not just timber.”

Mr Henman said Creative Edge was ready to open, set up with new machinery and software.

"Everything will be drawn up in a CAD program and from there it sends components through to the CNC machine,” he said.

"The machine cuts down labour time, improves accuracy and makes us more competitive as a business.

"We strive for attention to detail.”

In the near future, the showroom for Creative Edge, at 81 Archibald St, Paget, will be ready and will display a range of cabinetry options for clients to view.


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