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Regional Association

No matter where you live around the UK, you are welcome to get involved with our regional activity by joining your region as an associate.

Become a regional associate

Although Furniture Makers’ Hall is situated within the Square Mile of the City, our influence and work as a national members’ organisation and UK-wide charity for the trade spreads beyond London through our regional network.

Regional association enables furnishing industry colleagues to build links locally and get involved with events and initiatives in their area, charitable and otherwise, without the formality of officially joining the livery.

Regional association is recommended to those in the industry who are new to The Furniture Makers’ Company and want to discover more about us before joining as a freeman.

Regional association enables furnishing industry colleagues to build links locally and get involved with events and initiatives in their area, charitable and otherwise.

Who can get involved

All our regional associates must be linked in some way to the furnishing industry. This helps us maintain industry relevance and facilitate meaningful business connections. You could be a designer, manufacturer, distributor, craftsperson, retailer, supplier, lecturer, PR practitioner or journalist – all are welcome. We encourage and welcome diversity – sectoral and cultural – within our ranks and would be happy to hear from you, even if you have now retired. What our regional associates tend to have in common is a passion for the furnishing industry, a philanthropic desire to ‘give back’ and a wish to meet and converse with like-minded individuals.

Benefits of association

Develop your network

As a regional associate, you will be invited to join the locale’s committee and are welcome to attend any events within your local area. Each region has a calendar of social events, business orientated seminars and activities that provide associates the opportunity to meet, get fresh perspectives, widen your knowledge and help you to develop professionally and personally.

Fun and fellowship

Regional association offers the opportunity to socialise on a regular basis and nurture lifelong friendships and invaluable business relationships.

Give something back

As the charity for the furnishing industry, we offer members the opportunity to make a positive impact on the industry by supporting our charitable activities. You can also collaborate with other members through rewarding committee work in your region.

Our regional network

Our regions continue to develop and grow as more people get involved. Currently our regional network is segmented as follows:

East of England
Heart of England
North East
North West
South Wales
Southern
South West
Yorkshire

East of England

The East of England Region is chaired by liveryman Joanna Knight. The region includes Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, , Northamptonshire and Suffolk.

Want to know more?

If you are interested in finding out more about us and what regional association entails, we encourage you to download our regional associate brochure and then contact your local chairman.

Each of our regions hold regular committee meetings, where you can hear more about the benefits of getting involved. There is plenty of opportunity to ask questions and to meet other associates in a social setting.

Interested in taking the next step?

If you are interested in becoming a regional associate or progressing in your membership journey, we invite you to get in touch with our regional development executive to find out more.