Our vision is to be the firm that contributes most to our clients success. In the first of a series of client case studies we profile Classic Canes, from Hinton St George near Crewkerne in Somerset.
[caption id="attachment_4495" align="alignnone" width="615"] Charlotte Gillian- Managing Director of Classic Canes[/caption]
Classic Canes Limited is a Somerset-based family business specialising in growing, manufacturing and wholesaling walking sticks, seat sticks an umbrellas. It was established in 1982 by Diana and Ben Porter when they realised the raw material for walking sticks was growing naturally in their woodland near Hinton St George. Having started at the proverbial kitchen table, the family business has since grown to supply over 2,000 retailers in more than 40 countries worldwide. The unique product range comprises over 700 models of traditional and contemporary walking sticks. The company’s speciality is the thumbsticks, hiking staffs, knobsticks and other rustic sticks made from native British hardwoods such as ash, hazel and blackthorn. Today, the company is run by Ben and Diana’s daughter, Charlotte Gillan, and employs 11 people.
Charlotte Gillian, Managing Director of Classic Canes
“ The experts at Albert Goodman have made an invaluable contribution to Classic Canes in recent years. We especially appreciated the advice and assistance we received from Keith Miller and his team in Yeovil when we recently decided to incorporate the business, having previously operated as a partnership. This was a surprisingly complicated process, but thanks to the advice from the experts at Albert Goodman, we are confident that the right decisions were taken throughout. As well as accountancy and tax advice, they have also been most helpful in recommending other professionals such as solicitors and bankers. Keith, Kevin Jutson and their colleagues take a detailed interest in our activities: they tell us when they have spotted our products on sale somewhere, and often have a percipient comment to make when they receive our monthly newsletter. For a small business such as Classic Canes, having the right help at hand in the form of professionals who can explain themselves clearly in layman’s terms is a great support. We recommend their services thoroughly.”
[caption id="attachment_4497" align="alignnone" width="615"] Charlotte Gillan, Ben and Diana Porter of Classic Canes[/caption]
If you'd like to know more about Classic Canes then you can visit their website or Facebook page. If you'd like to talk to us about how we can help your business in the same way we've been able to help classic canes, please don't hesitate to contact our expert business services team.