24 May 2024, 17:09
By Furniture News Dec 06, 2023

Celebrating 60 of the industry’s rising stars

The achievements of 60 of the British furniture and furnishings industry’s brightest younger stars have been recognised in a new national awards campaign designed to celebrate the talents and contributions of the next generation working within the sector.

As part of its 60th anniversary celebrations, The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has announced the winners of its ‘60 for 60’ awards, which showcase the talents of 60 outstanding young people under the age of 35 who are working in the furniture and furnishing industry.

From product designers, cabinetmakers and technical developers to logistics professionals, commercial managers and operations directors, the awards highlight the diverse range of career opportunities available for young people in the industry.

Announced at a special ‘60 for 60’ awards ceremony held in the City of London last night (5th December), winners working in furniture making and furnishings firms across the UK include 35-year-old Rollie Attard, CEO of Burnley-based fabrics supplier Panaz. Rollie impressed judges by spearheading a strategic plan to drive the future growth of the business, including recruiting key personnel in the UK and Germany, restructuring the UK sales team and establishing a London showroom.

Jade Farthing, 35, MD of Somerset-based Haskins Furniture, is the fourth generation of the Haskins family to work in the business, which was founded in the 1930s. The firm’s first female director, she has led the strategic restructuring and refocus of the business, informed by her retail experience and academic background, as well as helping to earn some prestigious business awards.

In Lincoln, Anna Parkinson, 31, operations manager of doormats supplier Make An Entrance, has supported the firm’s evolution from an online sales and marketing company to a thriving manufacturing business that is growing, both in the UK and internationally.

Amanda Waring, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “We received hundreds of entries for ’60 for 60’, ranging from woodworking to carpet and textile design, showing not only the vibrancy and diversity of British talent, but also that the industry continues to offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities. We congratulate every one of our 60 outstanding winners and look forward to sharing our members’ mentoring skills and providing networking opportunities as they continue to develop their professional careers.

“While we have a long history of supporting the UK’s flourishing and world-renowned furniture and furnishings industry and are celebrating 60 years since we were awarded livery status, we are very much a modern organisation and it is vital that we use our position to reward and recognise emerging talent in the sector.”

An expert panel of judges reviewed the submissions alongside Amanda: Carla Barnett, group HR director, Sanderson Design Group; Ercol chairman Edward Tadros; AIS MD Sue Kemp; and John Makepeace OBE.

Click here to find out more about ‘60 for 60'.

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