Local Face: Miles Lewis
Although born in Oxford, Miles spent his childhood in Wendover. He has wonderful memories being raised in one of the famous thatched Anne Boleyn Cottages. Having Wendy Lewis, a well known author and illustrator as his mother, Miles has been raised with a deep-rooted sense of creativity and originality.
He is truly thankful to have lived in Wendover, a special village that has given him strong connections with the community. Leaving the area for several years to study at Oxford Brookes University, Miles gained his degree in Geography and Ecology. When job roles in this field seemed too few and far between, he returned to Wendover not knowing which professional path to choose. Eventually, he did what many students do, and found work as a labourer with local building firm, NK Building and Renovations.
He really liked the way they worked and feels he gained a thorough training as a carpenter and foreman for which he is very grateful. After 7 happy years, in common with others, the pandemic took Miles’ work in a new direction. Embracing the new challenge, Miles founded M Lewis Project Ltd and hasn’t looked back. To date the new building firm have completed several landscaping, renovation and conversion projects. Incorporating environmentally friendly technology wherever possible, Miles realised that this type of work gives him immense satisfaction and sees this as an area soon to be in high demand as people become increasingly environmentally aware. His business philosophy is to be a hands on boss (not “off the tools”) and take care of the needs of his staff as well as his clients and their neighbours in the community. Miles has had very sound advice from family and friends in Wendover, ensuring that the business was set up with secure foundations which will only expand organically. To see the progress of his company you can follow them on Instagram @mlewisproject.
Gradually building his family business gives Miles great pride and he loves going home after a long day’s work to his partner Rebekah and their two sons, Oakley and Hughie. Coming full circle, his eldest son is now taught by the same teachers that Miles had at John Hampden school all those years ago, Mrs Beattie and Mrs Barnes.
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