For over 20 years, Nick Collins has been designing and making bespoke cabinetry. Within those years, he and his team have established Collins Bespoke, where craftsmanship has been nurtured, refined and shared. The Collins Bespoke team is made from an array of skilled craftsmen. From designing, planning and templating, to finishing and assembling, every single kitchen is carefully made and put together by our team.
Headed by Nick, Director and Designer, and supported by Gemma Carter Collins, some skilled designers, supportive staff and workshop extraordinaires, the Collins Bespoke team is pretty great - we are proud of them all.
Nick began working as an apprentice for Kent-based rocking horse makers, Stevenson Brothers, in 1994. In 2001, he took a large leap into self-employment, where he started designing and making bespoke cabinetry and joinery from a small garden-based workshop. Demand for his work grew and Nick began working in a partnership and taking on his first apprentice. Gradually, his team flourished and they moved into Old Surrenden Manor's industrial estate.
Nick’s unique ability to visualise and design very beautiful spaces, complemented by thorough and unrivalled practical knowledge have positioned him as a respected and popular designer. He designs and oversees all of Collins Bespoke’s projects.
Having been an elite level cyclist, when he is not working, Nick still rides and runs, competitively. In 2017, he targeted the Alp d’Huez Triathlon as a 40th birthday present to himself and to raise money for the William Harvey’s Special Care Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Gemma graduated in 2001, with a first class BA honours in English and French. She spent two years working in retail on a respected graduate scheme and then worked in education for just over 10 years before joining Collins Bespoke in 2013, prior to the incorporation of the company. Initially, she worked supporting Nick and his team, administratively. However, her role grew along with the company and now she oversees the development of the business, its strategy and its marketing. She also taught some of the team!
Like Nick, Gemma was also an elite level cyclist and raced cross-country mountain biking nationally and internationally. Although small children prevent her from too many onerous challenges (the children are enough,) she also competed in the Alp d’Huez 2017 duathlon for the William Harvey Special Care Baby Unit and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. And, can be found running and racing for Ashford Athletics Club and TriSpirit, when she is not too sleep deprived.
Business is always booming; and, we welcome always interest from potential team members. If you are a cabinet-maker, joiner, CAD technician, kitchen designer, kitchen installer or you are looking for an apprenticeship, and you would like to work with us, please send your CV and a covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.