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Hello, my name is Vanessa Johnson and I am the owner creator of Urban Metalworks a bespoke furniture manufacturing business.
A designer maker myself I specialise in handcrafted metal and wood furniture. Having a real passion for helping my customers achieve their design aspirations I endeavour to keep functionality at the core of everything I create. Being hands on I love working on all aspects, whether that be a clear design brief from an interior designer or helping navigate a shop owner through the whole project from design to installation.
Having previously over 20 years in the food industry with Morrison’s Supermarkets Plc I have enjoyed a varied career that has allowed me the privilege of working in senior roles in trading, new product development and manufacturing. Subsequently this experience has led to consultancy roles, supporting food manufacturers in commercial strategy specialising in new business opportunities.
These skills continue to support me today in running my own furniture business and help me navigate what is, like the food industry, a very dynamic and challenging market.
I hold a Bachelor of Science from The University of Glasgow and a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration from Sheffield University. I also pride myself on winning ‘Best Customer Service‘awarded by Houzz in 2017.
I love to eat good food and travel to far flung and historic places when I can. A real sport lover I enjoy badminton, swimming, cycling and walking the hills with my dog Amber. Married to Lee, a man of many talents including welding, we have two great kids Troy & Kurt.