A family-run business renowned for its building services and bespoke furniture is proudly commemorating an incredible half a century anniversary.

Smith and Scillitoe, a family-operated building company, is celebrating 50 years of serving Halstead and its neighbouring areas.

Since its launch in August 1973 by founders Roy Smith and Bill Scillitoe, the company has become synonymous with fine craftsmanship and dedication to the community.

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What began as a passion project between Roy Smith and Bill Scillitoe evolved into a thriving venture.

Responding to Julian Courtauld's call, they established a limited company and kicked off their journey with a workshop to maintain Courtauld estates. 

For nearly five decades, the workshop stood as a creative nucleus, merging traditional woodworking with contemporary designs.

The business flourished there for 48 years, crafting pieces that graced homes throughout the region.

Two years ago, Smith and Scillitoe turned a new page, relocating to Bois Field Terrace.

The move was a strategic step towards growth, allowing the company to continue its legacy while embracing fresh opportunities.

Although Bill Scillitoe passed away in 2012, his legacy lives on through sons Richard and Philip, who after completing their college education, stepped up to lead the business.

Their dedication and expertise ensured a seamless transition, upholding the values set by their father.

Diana Scillitoe, who has been with the company from the start, managed the office side of things and supported her husband.

In recent years, her daughter-in-law has joined, broadening the company's management.

Diana said: "We're excited about the business's growth and upcoming significant projects.

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"Our grandson is now a qualified member of our team, and we've also welcomed two dedicated young workers into our extended family."

The company also collaborates with trusted such as Dan Cook, who has been a long-term partner, and award-winning TNN Kitchens.

"My sons have worked on intriguing projects like Cardiff Airport and London City Airport," Diana added.

"But we also deeply value our loyal customers who've chosen us for over two decades. We appreciate everyone who's supported us throughout the years."