EXCLUSIVE: Smallbone of Devizes owner invests £1m in factory

EXCLUSIVE

Lux Group Holdings, the parent company of Smallbone of Devizes, Mark Wilkinson Furniture, McCarron and Co and Brookmans, has announced a £1 million investment in its Hopton Works factory in Devizes.

This will be followed “in the near future” by further investment in a new state-of-the-art factory with the purpose of delivering best-in-class production, including compliance with Industry 4.0 furniture manufacturing standards.

The company said that this investment is not specific to any of the Lux Group brands.

Last month, Lux announced a new kitchen brand, Brookmans by Smallbone, to be launched exclusively at the Heal’s flagship store in Tottenham Court Road on November 1.

It said at the time that the investment in new machinery at Hopton Works had allowed it to market Brookmans by Smallbone at a lower price point. Its handcrafted, artisanal furniture ranges in price from £25,000 to £40,000.

Iain O’Mahony, ideation director at Lux Group Holdings, commented on that move at the time by saying: “The [Brookmans by Smallbone] collection represents our optimism about the future of British manufacturing. We are confident that great design combined with up-to-the-minute manufacturing techniques will prove that it is possible to make kitchens and furniture here in the UK economically that are also environmentally conscious.”

  • Lux Group Holdings is the new name for SMWF Ltd, the company formed in November 2018 to buy the business assets of former Smallbone of Devizes and Mark Wilkinson owner Canburg in a pre-pack deal.

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