New joinery business in Cromwell
Brendon Munro, from Cromwell, and Mark Harrison, from Alexandra, are the faces behind B & M Joinery, which is set to officially open in the former MasterTrade building at 4 Ree Crescent in Cromwell in early October.
The joiners and co-directors, who between them have more than 50 years experience in the industry, are passionate about joinery and have always wanted to set up their own business.
Originally from the United Kingdom, Mark spent 15 years working as a joiner on Grade 1 listed buildings where he used a variety of traditional woodworking techniques on the historic buildings.
He moved to Alexandra with his family in 2003 after attending a trade fair in the UK and immediately being offered a job in New Zealand.
He worked as a joiner in Alexandra for five years, before working for the Department of Conservation for four years where he renovated the departments’ old buildings and huts.
For the past couple of years he has worked as a self-employed builder.
Hailing from Southland, Brendon has been a joiner for more than 20 years. He began his apprenticeship in Winton for a local joiner, where he worked his way up in the business to become a project manager responsible for 18 staff members.