A campaign by The Furniture Makers’ Company, a livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, has gained 36 supporters – over a third of its target.
The One Step at a Time welfare campaign, which aims have 100 organisations supporting the initiative by May 2020, is encouraging companies to ensure every industry colleague knows where to turn in times of financial need.
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It aims to raise awareness of occupational welfare support in the industry, and enhance the support provided to employees.
Current supporters of the initiative include: Acclaim Upholstery, Acres Consultancy, Artistic Upholstery, Axminster Tools & Machinery, Belfield Furnishings, Biesse Group UK, Bisley, Cabinet Maker, Camira Fabrics, CD (UK) Ltd, Celtheath, Crofts and Assinder Ltd, Design Studio, Duflex Foam, Edward Clay and Son, Ercol, Harrison Spinks, Homestore Interiors, Hunter Knight Upholstery, Hunters Contracts, Iain James Furniture, KI, Litmus Furniture, Ocee Design, Panaz, Parker Knoll, Peter Dudgeon Ltd, Shire Beds, Tempur, Tetrad, The Furniture Ombudsman, Vitafoam, Webs Training, Westbridge, Whitemeadow and William Hands.
Dids Macdonald OBE, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, said: “The One Step at a Time campaign is over a third of the way to the target, so a great big thank you to the 36 companies who have signed up. With a 40% year on year increase of requests for help from industry colleagues, the word is clearly getting out about how The Furniture Makers’ Company can help if times get tough.”
Karen Clarridge, group head of HR, said: “During hard times, which let’s face it we all go through at some time or another during our lives, we can’t have enough support and the support available from The Furniture Makers’ Company enhances the support given by Whitemeadow Furniture to our employees.”
Kevin Grix, CEO at The Furniture Ombudsman, said: “We here at The Furniture Ombudsman are proud to be supporting The Furniture Makers’ One Step at a Time welfare campaign. It’s a vital service and can be a lifeline for those who have contributed to our sector. We need to raise the profile of this fantastic cause to ensure those who need support can access help.”
Find out more about the campaign on the Furniture Makers’ Company website.