AN AWARD-WINNING kitchen and furniture maker has invested £200,000 in new cutting-edge equipment.

Treske, of Thirsk, bought a 5 Axis CNC Router to improve its production process in terms of speed and quality.

The York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) contributed £40,000 towards the investment through its Let’s Grow Fund.

Justin Bartlett, owner and managing director of Treske, said: “This is one of the biggest investments the company has made since it was formed 44 years ago in 1974.

“It reflects the growing demand for our products from across the United Kingdom and our confidence in the future, which is fuelled by the improving economic climate and the skills and commitment of our staff.

“The LEP support is very timely as we look to increase the number of customers who buy their quality furniture and kitchens from Treske.

“We have also increased our showrooms in our historic Victorian Maltings building, making it a great place to visit for people considering buying furniture and kitchens.”

The 5 Axis CNC router gives the company extra capacity and the capability to make more complex designs, increasing the range of bespoke furniture and kitchen options for customers.

Mr Bartlett said: “It is now 44 years since John Gormley, the brother of sculptor Anthony Gormley, founded Treske and created the company’s reputation for manufacturing the very highest quality of furniture.

“It is now time for us to move up through the gears and make Treske the epitome of a 21st century company, while maintaining our traditional values of service and craftsmanship.”