Leeds-based manufacturer Sound Leisure has
successfully passed the rigorous audit to be awarded the prestigious
Manufacturing Guild Mark, demonstrating excellence in furnishing manufacturing.
in 1978, Sound Leisure manufactures and
distributes jukeboxes and coin-operated equipment worldwide, with a reputation
for combining market leading technology with superior product quality.
Sound Leisure designs and manufactures many
components and sub-assemblies in house, having a metal workshop, woodworking
and Vacforming facilities within the factory. In addition to an 80,000 sq ft
manufacturing facility, it also incorporates a hardware and software division
that is based in Nottingham, which concentrates on the development and
manufacture of both hardware and software for Sound Leisure’s range of
Sponsored by Biesse Group and Lectra, the
Manufacturing Guild Mark has been the mark of excellence, distinguishing
Britain’s top furnishing manufacturers, since 1993. The Mark is awarded to
companies that demonstrate high standards across seven assessment criteria:
design, product development and function, manufacture, human resources,
financial stability, sustainability and sales and marketing.
Dids Macdonald OBE, Master of The Furniture
Makers’ Company, presented Chris Black, managing director of Sound Leisure,
with the Manufacturing Guild Mark on Monday 27 January.
Dids Macdonald OBE, Master of The Furniture
Makers’ Company, said: “It is an honour to present the much coveted Manufacturing Guild
Mark to a company which not only values its heritage, people and manufacturing
skills but had an absolutely focused strategy to meet the exacting standards of
this company audit. This is a truly deserved accolade of which Chris Black and
the team at Sound Leisure can be justly proud. Adding UK Manufacturing Guild
Mark recognition to their strong international calling card is another feather
in the cap for this remarkable company.”
Chris Black, managing
director of Sound Leisure Ltd, said: “We are delighted to have met the stringent criteria that
was set down during the independently reviewed audit. This clearly demonstrates
that all areas of the business are working at an exemplary level, something
that our team should be extremely proud of. There are not many companies in the
UK that meet these standards and to be included alongside some of the other
well-known brands that already display the Manufacturing Guild Mark is a great
“Sound Leisure is proud of
its UK based manufacturing heritage. Employing in excess of 80 staff, we have
remained true to our core principles of supporting local businesses and people.
Sound Leisure has sold over 100,000 jukeboxes around the world and our products
can be found in some of the finest locations. The skills and techniques
required to manufacture a range of our cabinets are unique to this plant and
have to be taught in house.”
Manufacturing Guild Mark is only open to companies that manufacture the
majority of their products in the UK. Companies undergo an audit every three
years by the Furniture Industry Research Association to ensure high standards
in manufacturing, design, product quality, marketing, financial stability,
commitment to training, employment conditions and sustainability.
For more information about the Manufacturing Guild Mark, go to Manufacturing Guild Mark/
The Furniture Makers’ Company
Furniture Makers’ Company is the City of London livery company and charity for
the furnishing industry. It fosters the industry by supporting those in need,
nurturing skills and expertise and inspiring excellence. It provides support
and assistance to those in need who are working or have worked in the UK
furnishing industry. It supports students and young people with grants,
training and mentoring in order to foster talent and safeguard the future of the
industry. It encourages the highest standards and best practice in the design,
making, marketing and selling of all kinds of furniture and furnishings
throughout the UK, recognising quality through the award of its Guild Marks and
For further information,
contact George Cooper, firstname.lastname@example.org or 020 7562 8522.
Leisure Limited was founded by Alan Black and Eddie Moss in 1978. Since the
launch of its first jukebox in 1980, Sound Leisure has become a name synonymous
with high quality and innovative products. Now owned and run by the next
generation of the Black family, the company remains the oldest single ownership
company in the sector. During this period Sound Leisure has brought together
some of the finest craftsmen and technical minds in the leisure industry, the
research and development team continually strive to create cutting edge
products that are reliable and simple to operate and service.
Leisure is proud of its UK manufacturing heritage and works closely with local
universities, colleges and schools with the aim of inspiring the next
generation of engineers and designers.
Leisure designs and manufactures many components and sub-assemblies in-house in
Leeds, having a metal workshop, woodworking and Vacforming facilities within
the factory. In addition to an 80,000 sq ft manufacturing facility, the firms
also incorporate a hardware and software division that is based in Nottingham,
this division concentrates on the development and manufacture of both hardware
and software for Sound Leisure’s range of products.
addition to designing and manufacturing its classic range of jukeboxes Sound
Leisure is the sole UK distributor for TouchTunes digital jukeboxes, the
world’s largest digital jukebox manufacturer. Sound Leisure is also the UK sole
supplier for Instore Kids Corners (IKC) products that it installs in children’s
YEARS OF INNOVATION
to ongoing Research and Development has been a key factor in the success of
Sound Leisure. The reputation for innovation and creativity is second to none
within the sector. SL’s development engineers are backed by a production
workforce committed to maintaining the highest quality product achievable.
Customer feedback from operators and sites heavily influence ongoing product
development and SL’s efficient management structure enables quick decisions to
be turned in to quick product enhancements.
BUILT IN THE UK SINCE 1978
Leisure is proud of its U.K based manufacturing heritage. Employing in excess
of 90 staff, the firm has remained true to its core principles of supporting
local businesses and people.
Leisure has sold more than 100,000 Jukeboxes around the world and products can
be found in some of the finest locations. The skills and techniques required to
manufacture a range of cabinets are unique to this plant and have to be taught
in house. With the emphasis on “apprenticeship” style training, Sound Leisure actively
encourages the passing on of skills from one person to another, often from one
family member to the next. As a family owned and run company, the importance of
supporting the family group is among the company’s highest priorities. This
support is repaid many times over by the commitment and dedication of its team,
with a large number of employees achieving in excess of 25 years’ service.
major manufacturer Sound Leisure is determined to achieve and maintain best
practice and demonstrate compliance with all legislation.