Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers
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The Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers commonly referred to as the Furniture Makers or the Furniture Makers Company, is one of the Livery Companies of the City of London. The organisation was formed in 1951, and the City granted it Livery status in 1963 being the 83rd in order of precedence.
The Furniture Makers is the British furnishing industry’s central organisation, charity and patron. It fosters and supports the craft and the industry, the education of students, and the industry’s needy.
The Company motto is Straight and Strong.
Members of the Company come from many professions and disciplines, but the common link is that all members on joining must be engaged in or with the British furnishing industry. Thus the work of the Company is delivered by members with wide ranging professional knowledge and skills in manufacturing, retailing, education, journalism; in fact any aspect of the industry. The Company, never afraid to innovate, strives to maintain a high degree of relevance to the modern furnishing industry through its many and varied activities. Following a merger with the Furnishing Industry Trust (Formally The Furnishing Trades Benevolent Association) in 2011, the Company has become the most significant charity in the sector, supporting the needy and promoting welfare and education of those entering and working within the industry, as well as the wider support of the charitable work of the Mayoralty and the Corporation of the City of London.
Its Guild Mark scheme, a modern equivalent of the trading standards once regulated by the medieval guilds, gives accreditation to designers, craftsmen and manufacturers exhibiting the highest standards of British furniture production.
Parliamentary lobbying seeking to protect the industry from potentially damaging aspects of legislation and promote beneficial change in a competitive international marketplace is conducted in conjunction with other relevant trade bodies through the British Furniture Confederation.
Education within the industry is supported by maintaining strong links with colleges and universities throughout the United Kingdom.
Furniture Makers’ Hall in the heart of the City of London is available to the industry as a prestigious venue for furniture related events, as well as providing a high standard of facilities for private and commercial use.
As well as Liverymen an all-embracing membership of Freemen, Student Freemen and Corporate Membership gives opportunities to all individuals and companies within the furniture industry to enjoy a broad spectrum of social and business events in which to build mutually beneficial links in a forward – looking and influential Livery Company. Corporate membership is particularly strong with companies such as Herman Miller, Bisley, Furniture Village, DFS, Blum UK, Willis & Gambier, B&Q, John Lewis Partnership, Chaucer Furniture Logistics, Fully Furnished and CD UK.