21 July 2024, 12:00
By Furniture News Jul 18, 2022

Furniture business owner named one of Britain's brightest

The owner of one of the UK’s fastest-growing suppliers of contract standard furniture has been named as one of Britain’s brightest young female business leaders.

Rachel Conroy, 35, CEO of Gateshead-based HLF, which supplies holiday parks, hotels, student groups, build-to-rent, serviced apartments and retirement villages, has been included in Management Today’s list of ‘35 Women Under 35’ 2022.

The HLF Group has seen a strong performance since opening for business in 2018, achieving strong organic growth on the back of £2m sales this year. Now, Rachel and her management team are targeting £3m in revenues in the next 12 months as she looks to extend services to customers in the UK both within the leisure industry and beyond.

After realising that working as a solicitor was not sustainable with a young family, Rachel decided to launch The HLF Group while on maternity leave. She says: “I’m so pleased for everyone at HLF to feature in the list – it’s testament also to their hard work and effort.

“In just over four years, we have grown the business to become the market leader. In a short period of time, we have won contracts with some of the biggest holiday operators in Britain, including Park Dean Resorts, Hoseasons and Sykes. We are now seeing huge advances into other sectors particularly co-living and build-to-rent."

The 35 Women Under 35 2022 list also spotlights Rachel’s plans to future-proof the business and evolve her leadership.

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