Are you the Best of British?

There are many advantages for recipients of the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark – and some very good reasons why you should apply for one.

Nowadays more commonly known as The Furniture Makers’ Company, its charity supports those in need from the industry, while its Manufacturing Guild Marks confer peer-audited recognition of quality, best practice and Made in Britain status.

Ben Burbidge, Chairman of the Manufacturing Guild Mark and a well-known figure in the furniture manufacturing sector, explains the benefits of the Guild Mark and why you should consider applying for one.
The Manufacturing Guild Mark is not only proof of British quality manufacturing, it’s a subtle way of saying yours is a quality product that’s certified as Made in Britain and it comes from a well-run company with high standards you can trust.
Ben Burbidge C.E.O - The Furniture Makers' Company
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The purpose of the Manufacturing Guild Mark is to recognise and award UK-based manufacturers of furniture and furnishings.

Although the purpose of this article is to encourage you to make an application, it’s worth noting that a good few companies have been turned away from the outset because they don’t meet the application criteria.
There are 100-plus items in the qualification criteria.
Ben Burbidge C.E.O - Furniture Makers' Company
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Biesse is in contact with a lot of people in the industry, so we are a good vehicle to spread the word about The Furniture Makers’ Company.
Steve Bulmer C.E.O Biesse Group UK
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Our partnership is not about Biesse getting lots of mileage, it’s about us helping to support the Guild Marks and trying to be something of a vehicle to promote them among the people we are talking to on a daily basis.
Steve Bulmer C.E.O Biesse Group UK
Steve is convinced too few British manufacturers shout enough about their products: “We should be making more of a collective noise about things we’re really good at, and having a Manufacturing Guild Mark adds weight to the Made in Britain message and that collective pride in great British workmanship."

Download the full article here 

To find out more, call Meera Samani for more information on 020 7562 8520 or email guildmarks@furnituremakers.org.uk

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