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Biesse to host The Furniture Makers’ Company Manufacturing Guild Mark open day

British manufacturers encouraged to attend and discover how holding a Manufacturing Guild Mark can benefit their business

British furnishing manufacturers interested in finding out about the marketing and operational benefits of holding the Manufacturing Guild Mark are encouraged to attend a free open day this October at our Daventry headquarters.

Awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the Manufacturing Guild Mark has been the mark of excellence, distinguishing Britain’s top furnishing manufacturers since 1993 and is awarded to manufacturers on completion of a successful independent audit, performed by FIRA International. The audit assesses standards across all aspects of the business, including manufacturing, design, product quality, marketing, finance, commitment to training, employment conditions and sustainability.

Manufacturers of any size operating within the wider furnishing industry, including furniture, beds, upholstery, kitchens, carpets and flooring, are eligible to apply for the mark. Currently 19 British manufacturers hold the Manufacturing Guild Mark, including Bisley, Delcor, Ercol, Gratnells, Harrison Spinks, Herman Miller, Jay-Be and Wren Kitchens.

Holding a Manufacturing Guild Mark provides a great platform for any company involved in the UK furniture industry to showcase their business, hence why we have committed to supporting this initiative and we look forward to welcoming everyone to the event
Steve Bulmer CEO Biesse Group UK

The open day is taking place on Thursday October 24th 2019 and will include an overview of The Furniture Maker’s Company and what is involved in the Manufacturing Guild Mark audit process.

The Manufacturing Guild Mark gives us recognition. It gives our customers more confidence in our brand, ensures them that they are getting the best quality product, the best service and that we will be there to support them today, tomorrow and in the future
Charles Winn-Jones UK Operations Director at Herman Miller
Visitors will also get the opportunity to meet an existing Manufacturing Guild Mark holder and find out first-hand the positive promotional impact the mark has had on their business and how the audit process has enabled them to improve operationally and embrace change at the business.
We promote the fact that we hold this award in our stores, on our website and in our marketing communications. We want our customers to know we have this seal of approval. It’s a guarantee for them that we are a British company, that does things right
Rick Petini Managing Director at Delcor

The open day will also include with a tour around Biesse’s state-of-the-art tech centre, during which delegates will get to see demonstrations of Biesse machinery.

Interested parties can choose to attend either a morning or afternoon session, with a working lunch in between, giving delegates an opportunity to network.

We are holding this event to explain the benefits to potential holders of achieving the coveted Manufacturing Guild Mark - an award that celebrates the often unsung capabilities of great British furnishing manufacturing companies, big and small, at a time when a receptive audience is growing in the UK. We’d like to thank co-partner Biesse for hosting in their headquarters – the team share our passion of promoting exceptional British manufacturers and we’re very grateful for their support.
Ben Burbidge Manufacturing Guild Mark Chairman

Companies interested in attending one of the free open day sessions can register via Eventbrite - http://bit.ly/MGMopenday 

For more information about the open day, please contact Sheena Kotecha, interim guild marks manager, by email guildmarks@furnituremakers.org.uk or call 020 7562 8520.

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