The Furniture Makers’ Company exhibited alongside furniture businesses from our Southern Region at the Bucks Skills Show at the beginning of March.

Representatives from Ercol, The Furniture Makers’ Company, Rycotewood Furniture Centre and William Hands made up the furniture hub, which was awarded the ‘best stand’ at the event. They joined 120 businesses from other sectors at Stoke Mandeville Stadium across 7-8 March.

The event, which is organised annually for young people, parents/carers and individuals looking for a career change who are interested in understanding available opportunities, saw 5,000 students from 38 schools come through the doors across the two days.

Rebecca Bertram-Smith, training and education manager, said: “A huge thank you to George Richardson of Richardson Design, Daisy and Andrew of Lula James Furniture, Tom Rawlings of William Hands Furniture, Craig Townsley and George Watson of Axminster Tools and Matt Hill of deVOL Kitchens Ltd. for volunteering their time to help inspire students at our stand. They were fantastic ambassadors of our industry.”

In addition to exhibiting, the Furniture Makers gave a presentation to attendees about the industry and how to get into it as well as sharing their experiences.

The speakers were: Chris Hyde, creative industries learning design director of Activate Learning, Dr Lynn Jones, director of Lynn Jones Associates; Daisy Brunsdon, co-founder of Lulu James; Henry Tadros, chairman of Ercol Furniture Ltd and L.Ercolani; and Callum Grant, CNC Programmer/Setter at Ercol.

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