Introducing Our New Website

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new and improved website! Our new site is an exciting hub of information where you’ll find everything from details of our services and specialisms to case studies of our work and contact details so you can get in touch with us at your convenience.

Let us talk you through some of our favourite features of the new Retail Furniture website:

Get to know the team…

At Retail Furniture, we believe in building effective, long-term relationships with our clients, suppliers and employees. We’re keen for you to get to know the team behind the company, so make sure you take a look at the About Us section where you’ll discover what motivates us, our processes and sustainability policy. You can also find out more about the people who make up our team and their experience in our staff biographies.

We had a lot of fun filming our welcome video too, so have a watch for a peek behind the scenes of our offices and factory. Each month we’ll also be putting one of our employees under the spotlight right here on the blog so you can get to know a bit more about the personalities behind Retail Furniture!

Discover our services…

Head to our Services section to find out exactly what we offer at Retail Furniture. We’re one of just a few manufacturers to specialise in PU edging solutions and have over 30 years’ experience in the field. There’s also more information on our joinery and hand spraying abilities. If you need a little help developing your design concept, we can help you right from the start thanks to our in-house design team. Find out more about the magic behind the design here.

Meet our clients…

We know how important examples of previous work are in helping you choose a furniture manufacturer. We’re proud to have worked with many household names across the retail, hospitality and healthcare sectors as well as many more. You can see a full list of our clients here and there’s more detail on some of our key projects, including our work with Poundland and Cadbury, in our case studies section.

Work with us…

We have a loyal team of talented employees who help us deliver the best quality work for our clients. We work hard to develop positive relationships with our staff and are proud to have many employees who have been with the company for over ten years or since the beginning.

We’re always looking for top talent to join the Retail Furniture family, so we’re pleased to share that we now have a careers section on our website. Here, you can find out about our latest vacancies and the skills and qualifications we look for. You can also send us a speculative application so we can get back in touch should your perfect role come up!

We won’t keep you any longer – go and explore our brand new website and when you’re ready, contact us to discuss how our services can help your business.

The Importance of a Quality Shop Fit

If you’ve ever watched any of retail guru Mary Portas’ TV shows, you don’t need us to tell you how important a quality shopping experience is to your business. A huge part of that experience is determined by your shop fitting and layout. Your customers’ first impressions, how they move through your store and the perceived value of your products, is all influenced by your shop fit.

So just what is it about your retail furniture that is so important?

The high street is more competitive than ever and shoppers are certainly not short of choice. It’s vital for retailers to stand out from the crowd and a quality shop fit with clear, attractive signage is often more important than a competitive price. Take John Lewis for example; their close attention to customer experience in store is what stops their customers straying to their more inexpensive rivals.

Brand Identity

Your shop is quite literally the showcase of your brand. Your in-store colour scheme and design should be completely in line with your branding. Take the time to really think about what your brand values are and incorporate this into your shop design – if everything around them, from shelves to signage, signals that you’re a quality retailer, then psychologically shoppers place a higher value on your products.

Customer Loyalty

Shopping is an emotional experience – customers buy a product because of how it makes them feel. Creating a positive shopping experience from the minute your customers walk through the door helps them to develop positive feelings towards your brand and your products. This can mean they spend longer in store and increase the potential of a sale.

If a customer has a positive experience in your store, they are more likely to return time and again because they trust in the quality of your products and services. Over time, this helps to create advocates for your brand who will recommend your business to their friends and family.

Health & Safety

Functionality is just as important as an attractive design and you want to make sure your store is easy-to-navigate for everyone. Think about any health and safety risks when designing your layout and make sure your shop has disabled access. We have experience manufacturing pieces to ensure our clients’ stores are accessible for everyone; see the till point we created for Poundland specially designed for wheelchair access.

Optimising your store for health and safety concerns can be tricky. Our in-house design team are happy to help you incorporate this into your layout so you have total confidence in the practicality of your shop fit.

Resilience

Choosing the right materials is key for a long-lasting, resilient shop fit. A less durable material may have a striking impact in the short term but you need to make sure your design can withstand the test of time without becoming tired and dated. At Retail Furniture, we can create bespoke pieces to suit your needs. We’re also one of only several manufacturers to specialise in PU Edging, which is a highly durable, resistant edging solution which allows you to customise any surface.

New Business

A high quality shop fit is important in attracting new business. As many retailers know, your products are only as appealing as the environment in which they’re presented. Potential new suppliers will be more enthusiastic about having their products stocked in your store if the retail environment is of a high standard.

We specialise in all aspects of retail furniture from the design concept through to shop fitting. Our friendly, expert team would be more than happy to discuss your requirements, so get in touch today.

 

PU Edging: the Quality Edging Solution for your Business

Whether you’re looking to create a hygienic workspace or you’re a retailer looking for greater customisation for your shop fit, PU edging is a fantastic solution.

So just what is PU edging?

Polyurethane edging is a highly resistant, durable and attractive edging solution which enables the customisation of any surface. Retail Furniture is one of only several manufacturers who specialise in the service. With over thirty years’ experience in making PU edges, you can trust us to produce the highest quality results.

What are the benefits?

Many of our clients choose PU edging as it so versatile. The edges can be produced in an almost endless array of shapes and profiles so it is ideal for customising your pieces. Plus, when you opt for a PU edging solution, you can choose to have the edges made in a different colour to your surfaces. With swatches from the RAL and Pantone colour charts available to choose from, it’s easy to match your surfaces to your company branding.

Another key reason PU edging is so appealing is because it is perfect for maintaining a hygienic environment. It prevents bacteria from becoming trapped in the space between the edges and main surface due to a hermetical seal that’s created when they’re fitted together. PU edging’s hygienic properties make it invaluable to the medical sector and we are proud to have providing PU edging solutions to the NHS.

Whether it’s an attractive, customisable surface you’re looking for or you need a practical, durable and hygienic workspace then we would certainly recommend PU edging. For more information or to discuss how PU edging could benefit your business, please get in touch with us today.

 

Meet The Team: Richard Lewis, CAD Designer

We’re proud to have a workforce of loyal employees at Retail Furniture. Some of the team have been with us for over 10 years and a few since we first started out! To celebrate the different personalities and skill sets that make up our team, each month we’ll be putting the spotlight on one of our employees so you can get to know us better. To get things started, we’ve nominated our CAD Technician, Richard Lewis.

Richard is one of the talented CAD technicians who make up our in-house design team. These are the creative brains who develop the product concepts in line with our clients’ needs. CAD is short for Computer Aided Design, so Richard uses his technical super powers to create both 2D surface models and 3D solid models that our factory team then use as the basis for creating our products.

Richard is a local lad, born and bred in Telford, Shropshire and has been part of the Retail Furniture family for 2.5 years. Outside of the workplace, Richard has a keen interest in live music and enjoys travelling to see his favourite bands perform.

The design world nearly missed out on Richard’s talents as in his early years he had his heart set on becoming a grass cutter! Thankfully for us, he changed his mind.

To finish things up, get to know Richard a little better with our quick-fire questions…

  • What 3 things would you take with you on a desert island? “My phone, speakers and a crate of beer!”
  • If you were a superhero, what would your super power be? “I’d want to be able to stop time like Bernard’s Watch.”
  • My favourite thing about working at Retail Furniture is… “The banter; there’s never a dull moment!”

Stay tuned for another employee profile next month!