Invest in Hackney spoke to Hackney Mayor's Award-winning business Pearson Lloyd
Nuts and bolts: what does your business do, how many staff do you have and where do you operate?
"We design furniture, products and environments for transport, workspace, healthcare and urban environments. We develop innovation strategies with clients to help them understand how design can transform their customer's experience and their own business."
Potted history – what inspired you to start the business and how did it evolve and keep going through the early days?
"After a few years of working in design firms after college, we decided to take control of our own destiny and build something from scratch. Starting in a post war warehouse space on Folgate Street, we were lucky to have a very productive first year and have never really looked back. But in the 1990's there were very few furniture manufacturers left in the UK so we had to go to Europe to find our clients. We now work with brands, cities and manufacturers all over the world. We have no desire for a big studio as we like to stay close to the work and our clients, and at 10 people, the team remains small."
What do you do that’s really special?
"We combine exceptional industrial design with strategic thinking to help transform businesses, public services and cities."
What makes someone a perfect candidate to work in your business?
"Passion, curiosity and culture."
Why did you decide to locate here in Hackney and what is it that keeps you here?
"We came to Spitalfields in 1997 in search of cheap space. We have stayed here because of the amazing energy and mix of business, people and architecture in the East End. Nothing stays the same for more than a few months. It's amazing to witness the transformation of Shoreditch over nearly two decades."
What do you do as a company that contributes to the wider social, economic and cultural life of Hackney?
"We regularly take on GCSE work experience students from local secondary schools.. We were involved in the original development of Hackney House on Shoreditch High Street during the 2012 Olympics and have worked for a number of years with local furniture producer SCP. Tom, who has lived on London Fields since 1997, has been a Community Governor at Gayhurst Community School for 7 years, and is involved in the development of Cycling Club Hackney as a fundraiser."
What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started your business?
"Believe in yourself and work hard. Anything is possible."