Visit any good home, office or hotel interior and the chances are you will see beautiful granite or marble work surfaces and staircases. They are the mark of a high quality interior design space. In South Africa, entrepreneur Lynelle Blunden, owner of City Granite, is a specialist in fabricating and installing these unique materials to transform any ordinary space into something special.
LoA met with entrepreneur Lynelle Blunden this month in Durban, South Africa, to find out more….
What does your company do?
At City Granite, we are specialists in the supply and fitting of kitchen tops, vanities, bar counters and staircases for all makes of domestic and commercial use.
“At City Granite your sales person is also your project manager. This ensures that you have someone who knows you from beginning to end.”
What inspired you to start your company?
I did not start up the company, I was an employee who took over the business.
Why should anyone use your service or product?
At City Granite your sales person is also your project manager. This ensures that you have someone who knows you from beginning to end. We believe this is a key factor for any customer when making an important purchase - we help them to bring their vision to life.
Tell us a little about your team
City Granite employs fabricators and installers with years of experience, and as our valued customers, you are guaranteed professional results.
“City Granite employs fabricators and installers with years of experience, and as our valued customers, you are guaranteed professional results.”
Share a little about your entrepreneurial journey. And, do you come from an entrepreneurial background?
I started out working as an employee at City Granite originally, and I then progressed to becoming a partner, and a few years later I became the sole owner of City Granite.
What are your future plans and aspirations for your company?
We aim to be a leading company in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa by keeping up to date with the latest trends and classic designs. Also, we commit ourselves to delivering unique and customized goods.
“We aim to be a leading company in KwaZulu Natal in South Africa by keeping up to date with the latest trends and classic designs. Also, we commit ourselves to delivering unique and customized goods.”
What gives you the most satisfaction being an entrepreneur?
I enjoy being a leader who can impact and influence people and help them to grow and develop their potential. I enjoy problem solving and finding solutions.
What's the biggest piece of advice you can give to other women looking to start-up?
Believe in yourself, never give up, and try and try harder until you succeed.
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Why LoA loves it….
It is always good to meet with inspirational entrepreneurs who work in tough industry sectors, such as building, construction and fabrication. Lynelle is a great example of an entrepreneur who has not only found her niche in these sectors, but is also building a powerful reputation as a supplier of high quality materials, expertise and advice. She is making her mark by delivering on her brand promise, and winning repeat business and referrals constantly as a result. This is definitely a business to watch as it grows its reputation and marketshare. — Melanie Hawken, founder & CEO, Lionesses of Africa