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Elizabeth Procter from Procson Pulpits Pty Ltd
From little things...
Little did Stephen or I, Elizabeth Procter know, when we met in 2002, that our marriage would involve passion for pulpits. We were in our twenties, a long way from our homelands and brimming with crazy dreams. Stephen loved designing stuff. As a child, he was happy when playing with cardboard, sticky tape and scissors. In fact his mother carried them around for him in her handbag. I was extroverted, energetic and wanted to sell things. Not any old things, things I loved. We had no idea how this would all come together but we were determined to have a go.
Early on in our marriage, we tried a lot of business ideas that went wrong. Really wrong. Following this, some big companies pursued Stephen, wanting him to design for them, only to have the projects fizzle out or not pay up. Both were devastating but proved to be huge learning curves. Then Stephen was asked by Hillsong Church, which we attend in Sydney, to design some church furniture for them. He did this as a volunteer back then, but whilst doing it, it became apparent to him that there was a niche market for pulpits. He designed a few for fun and churches started to ask for them. Gradually, over a period of 2 years, business grew and Procson Pulpits was born. Stephen worked all day at his ‘real’ job, would come home, have dinner, then work until 1 or 2am each night on church furniture design. Pulpits, lecterns, communion tables, communion trays….they filled up his extra time (and our extra space.) He carried out the business from our bedroom, which also had our babies in it as our family was growing during this time as well. Eventually, Procson Pulpits was steady enough for him to take it on full time. This was terrifying and amazing . A dream come true together with all the worry and risks associated with running your own business.
Today, with staff and a small factory, Procson Pulpits is a world leader in pulpits. We sell our products all over the world. Stephen’s drive is to achieve good design and the highest quality possible. That is why he insists on the lecterns being made in Sydney, so he can manage production and maintain the quality. I run sales and marketing which is perfect for me. We stand, as a business and as a family, for authenticity, honesty and hard work. We believe that our products are the best because of the amount of research and development they go through and the high quality of materials we use. They are also made by people who love pulpits. We take pride in being pulpits specialists.
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At Procson Pulpits, we are passionate about lecterns. Our best selling Arc lectern is used in churches all around the world. All our products are designed by award winning designer Stephen Procter and made in Australia. We are the pulpit experts!