Leading kitchen manufacturer, Burbidge has been awarded the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark (MGM) following over 40 years’ work designing and developing truly innovative and exceptionally crafted premium kitchens.
To mark the occasion, Burbidge’s managing director, Ben Burbidge, was recently presented with the much-coveted award by Paul von der Heyde, Past Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company.
Widely regarded as the most prestigious accolade in the furniture making industry, the MGM is available to only the top 50 furniture and furnishing manufacturers in the UK, demonstrating excellence in furniture manufacturing.
As such, the judging process is a rigorous one: applicants are independently audited against a comprehensive criteria covering everything from the quality and efficiency of manufacturing methods and materials, product quality and marketing, through to environmental policy and fair working practices.
Following an intensive week-long inspection, Burbidge was awarded the MGM on account of its unrivalled manufacturing capabilities and commitment to producing innovative kitchen designs, all while retaining its inherent brand values of exceptional quality, craftsmanship and attention to detail.
Founded in 1867 by the Great, Great Grandfather of the current managing director, Burbidge has a rich legacy in woodwork having started out specialising in wooden sports equipment before honing into the kitchen design sector 42 years ago. With a continued commitment to manufacturing excellence, the majority of Burbidge’s product is built on site at its Coventry factories and the business continues to plough investment in broadening its manufacturing capabilities – producing timber and painted kitchens for the mid to top end kitchen market.
Ben Burbidge commented: “We are tremendously proud to receive this highly-coveted accolade. As a business, we pride ourselves on always going the extra mile to ensure the highest possible level of manufacturing excellence. From scouring the globe to source the most luxurious timbers through to continuing to invest in the latest manufacturing technologies, we take great effort in ensuring we deliver the most beautiful and innovative premium kitchen designs on the market.
“It is therefore great to receive this award in recognition of our efforts and I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful staff for their hard work and dedication – without which, none of this would have been possible.”
Presenting Ben with his MGM certificate, Chairman of the MGM Committee, Paul von der Heyde, said: “It is a pleasure to award Burbidge with the MGM mark. Burbidge is a prime example of a British manufacturing business which continues to innovate, inspire and retain the very highest standards. We look forward to working with the company more and more in the future.”
Burbidge is the longest established, leading UK kitchen frontals and accessories manufacturer. The company’s products and kitchen collection can be viewed in realistic room sets at its showroom in Coventry.