Divine intervention for booming business

A recession-beating carpet fitting firm is on a roll after welcoming a church minister into the fold.

MID SUFFOLK: A recession-beating carpet fitting firm is on a roll after welcoming a church minister into the fold.

Award-winning Dennis Green set up his own business two years ago at Onehouse, near Stowmarket.

He has now been joined by former work colleague Andrew Royal, who was ordained as a minister in the United Reformed Church in July.

Mr Green, 52, who is regional chairman of the National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers (NICF), a master fitter and eastern England flooring champion, took on his first employee after finding he could no longer cope with a workload which was growing in spite of the recession. He has been in the trade for more than 35 years.

“I'm very pleased with the loyal customers. It was a bit slow to start with until people realised where I was. The recession seemed to help because I think instead of walking into a big shop with a pocket full of money saying: 'I want that carpet and can you fit it?' they are looking round to see if they can save money,” he said.

Mr Royal, 36, co-ordinates sales, sorts out estimates and organises the office freeing up Mr Green to use his carpet and floor laying skills to the full.

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The two have known each other about 20 years, since Mr Royal was 16. He joined the Stowmarket shop where Mr Green was working as a sub-contractor and the two have been friends ever since.

Mr Royal, who is a non-stipendiary minister and currently serves as a minister for the United Reformed Church in Framlingham and Saxmundham, said: “There were things happening that made me realise I needed to be available in a more flexible way than I was. When Dennis offered the opportunity to do the both we thought: 'Let's see whether we can do.'”

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