Nationaal Gallery offer a bespoke framing service including photographs and prints through to medals, snooker cues, sports shirts and guitars.
We first met them in 2020 just before lockdown and shortly after their move onto the Terry Dicken Business Park. At that time John had plans to showcase the work of local artists in his brand new gallery space.
Did that happen? Let’s find out…
“We now have 6 local artists exhibiting their very different styles of work here in the gallery. Most of them came direct to us having identified that there was a new framing place in town. Advertising is great but you can’t beat word of mouth. It’s certainly the biggest driver for us and we’ve recently had customers from as far as Barnard Castle and London.”
Hmmm… is anyone else now thinking about Dominic Cummings?! Seeing how we’re on the subject, how did the business deal with the challenge brought by lockdown?
“It definitely was a tough period. Thankfully, as I manufacture my own frames and can’t do that from home, I was able to keep working alone in the gallery. Like others we had to adapt. We offered click and collect and also did deliveries but it was hard not being able to see the general public. When the lockdowns eased and pubs were allowed to open up many of them started refurbishing so we picked up a lot of business that way. We were lucky to work with lots of hospitality businesses in Stokesley. We were so grateful to be on the Terry Dicken Business Park as it was quiet here and we felt safe. If we had of been in our old premises that certainly wouldn’t have been the case.”
So it sounds like John’s decision to move to the park was a good one.
Quiet, welcoming environment
“It was definitely the right choice. The gallery is tucked away in a lovely quiet cul-de-sac just off Ellerbeck Way. The location means that our customers are free to browse the artwork in a quiet, airy space. There’s plenty of free parking and a warm welcome from Poppy the spaniel. Our only advice is don’t follow a sat nav! For some reason they tend to take people to the wrong side of the park. But we’re lucky that our neighbours are kind enough to, and are good at, giving directions.”
Hand’s up 🙋🏼♀️ who’s driven into the business park at a snails pace trying to read the sign to find that local business?! So to prevent the traffic building up again, here’s how you can easily find the gallery.
Coming from Stokesley follow the B12527 and turn right into the business park onto Ellerbeck Way. Follow the road for half a mile and just before it starts to bend to the left you’ll see an entrance to the right. The sign on the corner says ‘Navigation House, Endeavour House, Pulrose House’. Turn in and take the first right. You’ll see a building in front of you with a PIPS sign, follow the road as it bends to the left and you’ll see Nationaal Gallery in Pulrose House which is the last building in the cul-de-sac right next door to Dustin Cleaning.
It’s great to hear that the gallery is busy again. Our bespoke framing service takes an average of 3-4 weeks at the moment and John aims to be as flexible as the demand allows.
“We’ve been here almost two years but due to circumstances haven’t yet had a full, uninterrupted trading year. We’re really grateful to all the businesses that have given us work since we arrived. It’s a pleasure to work with other local businesses. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who’s traded with us in the last 2 years.
Don’t forget Dave!
To wrap up I asked what John likes about being a tenant here.
“We’d definitely recommend the park to any business. Along with the bonus of plenty of free parking, it’s a very supportive environment where businesses get to know each other and there’s plenty of opportunity to work together. We use Platinum Motors and Direct Business Supplies and Poppy LOVES a TK’s sausage.
“Mark and Sue are very supportive landlords, nothing is too much trouble. Dave is a brilliant asset to the park, he replaced our sign when it was knocked down by a motorist without us even having to ask. Such fabulous customer service”
Ohhh I love it when Dave gets a mention 😁
If you’re looking for a top quality bespoke framing service or would like to view the art of talented local artists, then Nationaal Gallery can be found at Pulrose House, 14 Ellerbeck Way, Terry Dicken Business Park, Stokesley, TS9 5JZ
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