New join­ery busi­ness in Cromwell

Central Otago Mirror - - CONVERSATIONS -

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.

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