Hand painted furniture online business

  • £12,000
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Hand painted furniture online business
  • £12,000

Business Overview

Business ID: BTC21854
  • Internet & Online Business
  • Business Category
  • 2005
  • Year Established

Business Details

  • Business ID: BTC21854
  • Price: £12,000
  • Business Category: Internet & Online Business
  • Business Status: For Sale
  • Business Type: Freehold

Additional Business Details

  • Annual Turnover: £40000
  • Net Profit: £16000

Business Description


I started Rectory Blue Furniture in 2005 when my two children were primary school age. After 15 years working as a nurse, I was keen to have a business that I could run from home and which satisfied my passion for interior design.

At Rectory Blue we offer our customers bespoke solid wood hand painted furniture in a choice of Farrow and Ball colours. We have two local suppliers. One makes a range of solid pine furniture and also offers a made to measure service on all their items. From our other supplier we buy a range of beautiful solid wood dining chairs and stools. All furniture is high quality solid wood and ready for painting.

You will need a workshop space just with enough space to do the painting (I used our garage). An established website with a domain name is included in this sale, plus a decent stock of Farrow and Ball paint. The website enjoys good natural listing results on Google and we have enhanced its performance by the use of Google AdWords. Overheads are low so there is a good opportunity to make a decent profit.

Most sales come via the website and we also enjoy a good number of repeat orders from existing customers. The main engine room of this business is the fully functioning e-commerce website currently hosted on the Shopify platform, which is incredible easy to manage and maintain. Included in the sale is all content and photography so that you are ready to continue trading from day one. In addition to this we are also a partner of Not on the High Street and therefore our most popular items are listed on NOTHS.

You will only need to order stock when you have an order. There’s no need to hold stock as all items are made and painted to order. Some items are made to measure. Our lead time is 8 -10 weeks. When we receive an order on the website, we put it straight through to our suppliers who deliver to us every few weeks.

Delivery to our customers is through a man and a van company called Shipley, who will deliver to any part of the country at very competitive prices. We use DPD for smaller items such as stools. We have found this extremely hassle free.

Due to a change of circumstances, sadly I am no longer able to run this business. This is the only reason I am selling. I am happy to show you the accounts for the past two or three years so you can see it’s profits.

Currently the business requires about 20 -25 hours per week which makes it a good part time option, but there is the opportunity to expand. Labour costs are zero, as I work alone.

This business would appeal to someone who is creative and has a love of home interiors, and you get to try out all the beautiful Farrow and Ball colours! It would be perfect for someone who is active on social media such as Instagram and Facebook to promote the business with nice photography. (This is something I have neglected a bit, not being very knowledgeable about social media, but there would be a real opportunity to take the business forward). We have utilised pay per click advertising such as Google AdWords and there is no doubt that with a more focused approach this presents opportunities for growth.

Whilst we are based in the South West, there is no reason why the business can’t be run from anywhere.

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