The business was established by Hull-based joiner Craig O’Leary, who started work in a timber yard and builders merchant when 15.
Craig worked weekends and throughout school holidays whilst studying, during which time he learned to use woodworking machinery and operate heavy lifting plant. At the same time he gained a good knowledge of timber and building materials.
Whilst working at the timber yard one of Craig’s colleagues was attending night school to train as a joiner and gain his carpentry and joinery qualifications. It was at this point Craig was first introduced to the joinery industry, assisting his colleague undertaking small joinery projects for private domestic clients, outside of work and college.
Craig began an apprenticeship with a local builder but had a setback when made redundant. He then spent a small period of time working in an architect’s office before being employed by another small builder to complete his apprenticeship.
During this time he gained his Carpentry & Joinery qualifications, and in addition his BTEC ONC and HNC technical qualifications in Construction, and after gaining valuable experience working on various building projects and starting to run his own projects, Craig left employment to start life as a self-employed joiner aged 22.
Going on to gain a further two years self-employed experience, an opportunity then came to undertake the refurbishment of a large domestic property. It was at this point in 2007 that Kingston Joinery was formed by Craig, at the age of just 24.
At first Kingston worked on smaller projects in the East Yorkshire area for a variety of clients, a tough period for the business given the country was hit by a recession, with three clients going into administration within the first two years of trading.
In its first year Kingston Joinery turned over £185,000 and employed one sub-contracted member of staff.
Having recovered from the initial setbacks the business grew and the client base expanded, with the projects Kingston worked on growing in size and the operating area spreading to other locations across the UK.
Years of steady growth followed in which work was won with larger contractors, as the firm began to secure a number of six-figure contracts.
Kingston was increasingly selected for projects in the accommodation, hotels and educational sectors, and on developments requiring specialist, high-performance joinery.
A decade later and the business had established its position as a leader in the market – able to design, supply, manage and install joinery packages for all sizes of developments and specifications.
Today, Craig leads a large business turning over millions each year.
He also oversees a specifically recruited senior management team and a workforce of skilled joiners working on prestigious projects across the UK – many of which are multi-million pound developments, and seven figure contracts for the firm alone.
"Design - Supply - Manage - Install"