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We know how important it is for students to see for themselves how all aspects of the furnishing supply chain work, so we organise a range of activities to give them the chance to broaden their knowledge.
Throughout the year we arrange seminars across the country where industry experts come and speak to an audience of students and liverymen on topics about all aspects of the furniture industry. From starting up a business, to managing clients and sales, to bespoke furniture crafting, topics thus far have been fascinating and varied. After the talks, the students get to speak to the attending members, helping to build contacts for the future!
Hosted annually in the north west of England, our student industrial tour takes 30+ students from universities across the country on a 3 day tour of various furniture factories and retail firms to demonstrate the scope and diversity of the industry. With talks and tours from our members accompanied by fun nights out, students speak highly of the unique experience.
Our industry experience is our flagship programme for graduates and young professionals who aspire to become leaders within the furnishing industry. The 5 week intensive programme involves sponsored candidates visiting 17 businesses representing an entire cross section of the industry, learning rapidly and coming to a conclusion about the future direction of British furniture making. The experience culminates with a presentation to experts in London followed by mentoring.