This month is packed with topical articles, special interviews and some introductions into our magazine. There’s no better place to start than our Cover Star this month, being RESTED, who also features, talking about their exclusive distribution partnership with Royal Auping – a brand that is looking to establish itself firmly in the UK market. Another BIG feature this month sees our attention turn to Gallery Direct as they celebrate their 50th anniversary milestone year. We got the chance to catch up with Peter Delaney, MD, and find out just how special the occasion is.
In the BFG hotseat this month is Susie Harding, new Finance Director at Macclesfield-based furniture and furnishings retailer Arighi Bianchi, who talks about the company’s ecommerce focus, her favourite sofa, thoughts on sustainability and Waldo. Who’s Waldo, I hear you ask? Flip to page 18 to find out! As for the other regular, Sleep.8 goes under the Retail Focus spotlight. We’ve also been busy interviewing a number of sleep-related businesses as March is officially National Bed Month after all. There’s a handy toolkit from the NBF to take full advantage of the month, while we spoke to the Sleep Geek following his recent partnership with Mattress Online, Dreams on the cost-of-living crisis and Vic Smith, who provides an expert insight into the world of beds. There is also another March special feature, celebrating women in the furnishing industry as part of International Women’s Day. We spoke to six women in the industry to learn more about this year’s theme – #EmbraceEquity.
Meanwhile, in our Green Retail sustainability-focused feature, we concentrate on JYSK’s green credentials, and also get the latest insights from Wiemann, Kettle Interiors, GNG and Jaipur Furniture, as well as reviews of the recent JFS and INDX Furniture trade shows. And we haven’t finished there. With design in mind, we spoke to John Evans on why a good store design is key, while Spaceworks reflects on a milestone year for the business. Furthermore, Swan Systems Furniture talks UK growth plans as it seeks new retail partners, Stressless trend experts provide their forecast into future colour trends and our Letter from China returns with some more helpful tips. To wrap things up, SVL talks about their contact centre services they offer and their recent furniture case study, while Furniture Sales Solutions asks the question: Would you credit it?
Cover Stars: Front – Royal Auping / Back – Gallery Direct