People’s Champion finalist 2017: Handrail Creations
This timber handrail specialist has installed designs in the Houses of Parliament – Does it get your vote for People’s Champion?
Start-up name: Handrail Creations
Founder: Kenny Macfarlane
Started in: 2014
Based in: London
Business description: Timber handrail specialist
The Handrail Creations story:
Handrail Creations does exactly what it says; it creates handrails– but these aren’t just any old handrails. The start-up specialises in premium handrails and they’re the kind that have been installed in some of the UK’s premier establishments including the Houses of Parliament and Google’s new headquarters.
Founded by Kenny Macfarlane, the timber handrail business produces and installs bespoke wooden handrails in residential and commercial projects, specialising in helical and twisted designs.
Instead of using the traditional tools of chisels and pencils, Handrail Creations uses “state-of-the-art machinery” to manufacture each component including 3D scanning systems similar to those used for video games to measure stairs, and 3D CAD software to model each rail before production.
Adopting this latest technology has enabled the company’s high-end clients to see photo-realistic renders of their designs before production and reduces installation times significantly further down the line.
The start-up'[s modern approach to a product that has been in our homes for hundreds of years has resulted in it being in high demand: the company currently runs around 50 projects simultaneously.
On the back of surging customer interest and to accommodate its ever-growing team and new technology, Handrail Creations has expanded into the factory space next door and upgraded its 15-year-old machinery so that it is both faster and more accurate.
Why Handrail Creations made our shortlist:
A product that most of us use every day without ever giving it a second thought, the humble handrail is being brought into the 21st century by Handrail Creations with state-of-the-art processes and technologies.
A start-up that also acts as a force for good, the business employs local apprentices and even donates its shavings and sawdust to local farms.