In recent years, there has been a renewed focus on furniture designed and manufactured In Britain. The popularity for British-made furniture is still going strong and rooted traditional designs along with new and updated styles from top designers are being produced in hoards for consumers and companies alike to hire.
Best of British
Focusing on furniture home grown and created on British soil, two London-based entrepreneurs are using driftwood found in skips to make bespoke furniture items. At a time when manufacturers are importing materials and supplies in large quantities from overseas, artists Abigail Booth and Max Bainbridge are keeping furniture manufacturing British by using unwanted timber and wood to construct objects for furniture hire or retailers. With sustainability at the top of the agenda, the twosome’s use of everyday material ticks the innovative, entrepreneurial and ethical boxes.
One British 130 year-old furniture business, Morris Furniture Brands, has just secured £2.3 million funding by finance provider Bibby Financial Services (BFS). The recently acquired West Yorkshire firm, which specialises in creating living room and dining room furniture, hopes that the £20 million turnover-business will help maximise the appeal and strength of ‘Made in Britain’ furniture.
Technological advancement is also helping further develop the British furniture industry. Furniture firm Godfrey Syrett, with bases in both Killingworth and Durham, has invested in new manufacturing equipment. Creating £3 million worth of investment in a single month alone, the furniture company is now distributing to various sectors including the leisure, education, public, commercial and defence industries. This new piece of machinery aims to reduce lead times, minimise the number of errors and increase its production capacity by three times on a range of furniture items including tables and chairs. The move forms parts of the company’s long-term strategy to increase its turnover from £25 million to £40 million by 2020 and create new jobs in the growing commercial sector.
On The Up
The Association for British Furniture Manufacturers (BFM), a UK trade association, runs the campaign IT IS Great British Furniture, an initiative set up to create awareness around the key factors that make British furniture loved and sought after by UK consumers. The campaign is aimed at those seeking furniture hire and purchases, retailers, contract managers, architects and the international marketplace.
In July 2014, the BFM re-established the Great British Furniture Campaign to build upon its success over the last seven years since its launch and is now looking to focus on the contracts, office and domestic marketplace, including furniture hire.
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