• Member Profile: LK Bespoke Bridal

    Posted: 26 January 2018

    The Guild of Master Craftsmen is proud to introduce you to one of our uniquely creative members, Lisa Keating of LK Bespoke Bridal.


    “Be different. Keep your ideas fresh and make sure you love what you do 101%, as the financial reward is never as great as the fulfillment and satisfaction of using your knowledge, skills and creativity. Be Passionate about your work and believe in yourself”.


  • The Lincolnshire Chef... craftsmanship with food

    Posted: 4 December 2017

    What you can expect from Lincolnshire Chef Steven Bennett's new 'dining experience'

    Exciting times are ahead for The Lincolnshire Chef, Steven Bennett -

    For the last few weeks, Lincolnshire Chef and Guild of Master Craftsman Member, Steven Bennett, has been delighting customers in Healing and beyond with his beautiful cooking at the village manor house. The move for the renowned local man has ensured the community is buzzing with excitement, in anticipation of his future at Healing Manor.



  • Member Profile: Hamilton Billiards

    Posted: 18 August 2017

    The Guild of Master Craftsmen is proud to introduce you to one of our exceptional Members, Hamilton Billiards

    Hamilton Billiards started out in the in the 1980’s. In 1997 Ian Musk joined the company and began working on the tables in the workshop – doing an awful lot of sanding! In 2008, having spent several years working as the Manager, Ian was fortunate to be able to purchase the company, which he still runs today.



  • Young Women Scoop Top Three Craft Awards at 50th South of England Show

    Posted: 27 July 2017

    NEWS from The South of England Agricultural Society

    Three young Sussex women scooped gold, silver and bronze in this year’s Young Craftsman of the Year competition at the 50th South of England Show and were presented with their awards by celebrity comedian Romesh Ranganathan on Saturday 10th June.



  • Rare craft skills are on the brink of extinction...

    Posted: 17 July 2017

    Daniel Carpenter of the Heritage Crafts Association (HCA) outlines how new research from HCA, supported by The Radcliffe Trust has found many traditional craft skills in the UK to be hanging on by a thread.


  • Apprenticeship Vacancies with The Heritage Craft Association!

    Posted: 3 July 2017

    The Guild of Master Craftsmen are excited to promote the opportunities for young craftsmen and Apprentices currently available through the Heritage Crafts Association and The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST). This incredible opportunity provides funding to enable Apprentices to learn craft skills within companies and from master craftsmen and to support employers to take on Apprentices and nurture a new generation of craftspeople.


  • Member Profile : FlowerTops

    Posted: 4 July 2017

    Carol Parr is the owner and manager of FlowerTops Florist in Rhyl, Denbighshire. Bench trained, multi-award winning, truly talented in her craft and a proud Member of The Guild of Master Craftsmen.


  • #GrandFest2017 comes to Cardiff on 9th July 2017!

    Posted: 28 June 2017

    #GrandFest2017, proudly presented by Royal Voluntary Service, celebrates talented older people and the heritage skills that they can share with the younger generation.  Taking place in Cardiff on 9th July, each festival has been created for the older generation to share skills such as knitting, crochet, wood turning and bread making through a series of Masterclasses. Taking over museums, shops, cafés and bars each Masterclass will be led by a talented original GrandMaker, aged 70 or over.  


  • Add individuality with plain clay roof tiles

    Posted: 24 February 2017


  • Member Profile: Glasswood

    Posted: 14 February 2017

    With over 40 years’ experience, Glasswood has built an excellent reputation in the field of conservation, restoration and reproduction of historic windows. Their work encompasses all types and styles, from leaded light and stained-glass windows, to mullion and timber windows.



  • Craftspeople invited to apply for awards and bursaries recognising traditional skills

    Posted: 3 October 2016


  • Garden Dibber from Peter Benson's Whittling Handbook

    Posted: 11 May 2016


  • Member Benefits

    Posted: 20 April 2016

    Guild members have access to a range of support and benefits which too often get ignored. We do realise that no one applies to join The Guild to get 15% off tool hire, but why not take advantage when it is there?



  • Top 10 Social Media Tips

    Posted: 20 April 2016

    Social media for business is a topic that divides opinion. Guild Sales & Marketing Director Hugh Bessant shares his personal experience of building an audience to build a brand and generate new business leads.



  • Busy (For Now...)

    Posted: 20 April 2016

    Despite economic gloom, uncertainty about our continued position in Europe and more rain than Noah had to cope with, a lot of Guild members are telling us how busy they are. That is a good thing of course. Good craftsmen should be busy. They should be at the top of the funnel, the first choice for their skill in their locale.

    Being busy says several things about any small business, outside of an acknowledged boom cycle. It says you are reaching enough prospects to fill your order books. Maybe you are getting a lot of work by recommendation, and it is at this point that a lot of harassed small businessmen, with many demands on their time and their wallets, cut back on their marketing expenditure. But this is the biggest mistake any business…large or small…can make.


  • Simple Sales Tips

    Posted: 19 April 2016

    Most craftsmen are not natural sales people – the two are generally not compatible. Having studied a trade or a craft, perfecting skills and honing talent, once you decide to go it alone you realise it is not just about delivering a great product and/or service. You now have to find sales, marketing and book/recordkeeping skills as well.

    The first thing you need are orders, so Guild News takes a look at some sales do’s and don’ts.


  • Guild Members - Make the Most of Your Free Mini-Website

    Posted: 19 April 2016

    Every Guild member has a mini-website on but not every member takes full advantage. We work hard to attract thousands of visitors to the website, and when they make a search we want the members who appear on it to take every chance to stand out. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your listing.



  • The Sign of Quality Still Counts

    Posted: 15 April 2016

    Anyone involved in the home improvement industry, or running a business selling products and services directly to the consumer, knows how important reputation is. It is why so much time is dedicated to gathering testimonials; proof to potential clients that there is a list of delighted customers eager to share their experiences.


  • Ten Great Reasons to use Permeable Resin Bound Paving on your Driveway

    Posted: 11 April 2016

    One of the most popular home improvement projects in this country involves replacing or creating pathways and driveways, but very few people know enough about the options or the products available. Gail Johnston of SureSet Permeable Paving takes us through some of the issues and solutions.


  • Apply for The Great Pottery Throw Down

    Posted: 4 April 2016

    The Great Pottery Throw Down is back and they're looking for potters to take part in the second series...


  • Design a Beach Hut Competition

    Posted: 1 April 2016

    Amazing Spaces and Christchurch Borough Council have launched a competition to design and build beautiful and unusual beach dwellings for Dorset's Highcliffe area.



  • Another ISO certification for SureSet Permeable Paving

    Posted: 22 March 2016

    SureSet resin bound paving is delighted to add ISO 14001:2015 to its growing list of certifications and accreditations.


  • New Adventure Series Looking for Carpenters to Sail the Pacific!

    Posted: 7 March 2016

    Winfall Films are working on a new adventure series for Channel 4 that is looking for carpenters to take part in the programme.


  • BADA Puts Framing In The Picture

    Posted: 29 February 2016

    The Artistic Framing Company framing a number of acclarimed artworks for the BADA show in March.


  • Guild News - February 2016

    Posted: 16 February 2016

    The latest news from the Guild of Master Craftsmen...


  • New Roofs for Old Glass

    Posted: 16 February 2016

    There is now a veritable boom in glazed extensions and the replacement of glass or polycarbonate conservatory roofs with solid coverings.


  • Top Ten Marketing Tips for Guild Members

    Posted: 25 January 2016

    Marketing is a challenge for any small business but you have made a great start by joining The Guild of Master Craftsmen. You have invested in Visibility, Credibility and Support, but we want to make absolutely sure you are doing everything you can to get the most out of your membership. Check out our top ten tips.


  • Business Outlook 2016

    Posted: 9 February 2016

    Investment habits in our homes are changing.

    We all know that a lot of home improvement expenditure is driven by people moving house. Either they are renovating a property they have just bought, putting their own stamp on their new home, or they are preparing their existing home for a more lucrative sale as they move up the property ladder.


  • Major commission for The Artistic Framing Company

    Posted: 7 January 2016

    Guild member The Artistic Framing Company has been commissioned to design and create bespokeframes for Peter Brown’s forthcoming exhibition, London at Messum’s, London.


  • What Planning Permission Do I Need For A Conservatory?

    Posted: 14 December 2015

    If you're thinking of building a conservatory then the great news is that you do not need planning permission. Or, at least, you don't need planning permission if your proposed conservatory meets the Government's criteria on what a conservatory actually is. In the majority of cases a conservatory is seen as a planned development.


  • Stunning Oak Frame Designs

    Posted: 8 December 2015

    Guild member The Classic Barn Company based in Allbrook, Hampshire are applying their traditional skills to pool buildings for 2016.


  • GMC member puts London artist in the frame

    Posted: 24 November 2015

    Specialist art framers, The Artistic Framing Company, has been commissioned to frame all of award-winning artist Ben Hope’s exhibition in London.


  • Tudor Bookbinding Launches New Websites

    Posted: 22 July 2015

    Tudor, the Leicester based specialist bookbinders,  have been members of the Guild of Mastercraftsmen for nearly a quarter of a century and have found that the new-look Guild site has prompted them to follow suit & make their own site more user-friendly.


  • SureSet driving more traffic to their driveways

    Posted: 17 July 2015

    Excited about the launch of their fresh new website, SureSet Permeable Paving is inviting you to take a look at and let them know what you think.


  • SureSet launches Spectrum in a TradePack

    Posted: 19 May 2015

    SureSet’s vibrant range of Spectrum® colours is now available in their convenient TradePack® format.


  • Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015

    Posted: 5 May 2015

    These Regulations have been updated and amended from the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and came into effect from April 2015.


  • SureSet Celebrate 18 years with an event at BRE

    Posted: 20 April 2015

    On April 29 SureSet Permeable Paving are holding an event marking 18 years of business at BRE Innovation Park in Watford.


  • Martin West Bespoke Art Services

    Posted: 30 March 2015

    From shop assistant and apprentice in South Kensington, to the Official Recommended Framer of the Royal Academy of Arts, we take a look at how Martin West built up his incredibly successful framing business


  • North Devon Hospital - SureSet

    Posted: 31 March 2015

    A case study on a recent SureSet commission at a North Devon Hospital for a state of the art chemotherapy unit. SureSet were contacted with regard to their permeable paving for the landscape the area surrounding the unit.


  • How To Gain Added Confidence From Your Tradesperson

    Posted: 27 March 2015

    Tradesmen who have Insurance Backed Guarantees put the interests of their customers first.

    Read on to find out more.


  • Aberfeldy Project - The House of Ugly Fish

    Posted: 12 March 2015

    Getting coloured glass splashbacks is as simple as picking up the phone when it comes to dealing with the well-established market leaders at The House of Ugly Fish. With fresh designs and high quality glass, you could have your own ideas adorn the walls of your home. That’s exactly what this client in Perth and Kinross did when they contacted Lisa and Paul.


  • Frozen Assets - PSD Ice Art

    Posted: 11 March 2015

    If you are looking for a show-stopping centrepiece to create the wow-factor at a private party or want to promote your product in a way that will make people remember it, then look no further then PSD Ice Art. From beautiful custom-made ice sculptures and table decorations, to drinks luges and ice bars, PSD Ice Art create amazing designs in ice for both private and corporate clients. 

    By Karen Bray


  • The Art of Glass

    Posted: 16 February 2015

    Taking the world of glassmaking to another level has been an exciting venture for The House of Ugly Fisha well-respected business creating bespoke pieces of glass art.

    By Karen Bray


  • SureSet Show New Colours at Ecobuild

    Posted: 17 February 2015


    From 3rd - 5th March Sureset will be at Ecobuild at the Excel Exhibition centre in London. This hugely popular annual exhibition is the sustainable design, construction and energy event for new build, refurbishement, commecial and domestic buildings.


  • Designer Handbag Collaboration for UK Hospice Charity

    Posted: 28 January 2015

    Legendary British designer Celia Birtwell and Guild Member The Leather Satchel Company have teamed up to produce an exclusive handbag for UK charity, Handbags for Hospices. The limited edition leather satchel, will be available to buy via The Leather Satchel Company website from March 5th, with 50% of the sale price going directly to the hospice charity.


  • How To Insulate Your Home

    Posted: 23 January 2015

    Insulating your home has never been as important as it is today. Both energy bills and cost of living are rising, yet some homes still have improper insulation and are essentially seeing money disappear – in the form of heat – through the walls, floor, windows and ceiling. It's also a good time to insulate your home as initiatives from the Government – many of which have been designed to improve the environmental efficiency of houses – have potentially reduced the cost of insulation for many. If that wasn't enough, insulating your home will also make it warmer and more comfortable (not everything's about the money!)


  • Why You Should Hire A Master Craftsman

    Posted: 21 January 2015

    If you’re planning a project and require the services of a trustworthy, recommended tradesman, it can sometimes be hard to know where to begin. Striking a balance between quality of workmanship and value for money is hard enough, without having to worry about the business practices of the tradesperson you hire.


  • Finding The Best Tradesman

    Posted: 22 December 2014

    You're never far from stories about rogue builders and untrustworthy tradesmen these days with countless TV and radio programmes, not to mention all kinds of online news and forums, dedicated to telling the horror stories of people who wanted to improve their home but ended up left high and dry by so-called “cowboys.”


  • Should I Install Replacement Windows?

    Posted: 5 December 2014

    Are you thinking of renovating your house? Do you plan to restore it to its former period glory or bring it up to date with a modern touch? Or, are you trying to make it more energy efficient?


  • Planning Your Loft Conversion

    Posted: 14 November 2014

    If you're looking for more space in your home then a loft conversion can be a simple and not-too-disruptive way of making that happen. It can also be a good financial decision. According to statistics from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the cost of the average loft conversion is equal to one third of the cost of moving to a property with an extra room. Additionally, a loft can increase the value of a property by up to 25%, so it’s a good way of investing in your property.


  • New regulations that could impact on your business

    Posted: 21 October 2014

    From 13 June 2014 The Consumer Contracts Regulations 2013 came into effect.  These Regulations directly affect you in you are operating away from your business premises.  Read more...


  • SureSet Shortlisted

    Posted: 27 February 2015

    SureSet are delighted to be shortlisted for the Enterprising Wiltshire Awards, Manufacturer of the Year.