Furniture News #412

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What’s the best part of your job? Enjoying the relationships with our customers and helping develop a strong business partnership Nick Williams (Sweet Dreams)

Providing opportunities to people and watching them grasp them, own them, thrive and grow as individuals Steve Pickering (Sussex Beds)

Being part of a collaborative senior team with a shared vision for developing the Siren brand and enthusiasm to directly influence growth, shape how we work, and actively explore and implement initiatives for positive change across all aspects of the business. Andrew Kerr (Siren Furniture)

The flexibility of working for myself Brian Levitt (Brian Levitt Sales Agencies)

Daily decision-making that progresses all aspects of the business, resulting in a happy workplace for all Sam Jackson (Bluebone Imports)

Coming to work with the brilliant people we’re so lucky to have in our team. I also love reading the wonderful reviews we receive from our customers, especially those who’ve dealt with us for 40+ years. It fills me with a lot of pride James Dunne (Prestige Beds)

Interacting with people towards a common set of goals Steve Warren (Sleepeezee)

Whether it’s spending time with colleagues, retail partners or consumers, it’s all about the people Jonathan Burrage (Hydeline Furniture)

Freedom, and the ability to travel to places abroad that most tourists wouldn’t see, often with great people from lots of different cultures Greg French (Westgarth Furniture)

Seeing great British brands move outside their comfort zone and succeed on a global scale, and the impact that has on their sales and profits (especially in the current climate) Jonathan Staker (Vanquish)

Doing a great job for clients Gavin Boden (Rhenus Home Delivery (UK)

Well, I’ve been in sales my whole working life, so there’s no better buzz than being able to offer a good product that people want to keep buying from you. No matter how big or small the deal/ negotiation is, I still get the same satisfaction. Good, old-fashioned human interaction! Nichola Hornby Bell (Alpha Designs Upholstery)

It’s absolutely about the people. We have a fantastic team, and seeing them buzzing about what we’re doing is fantastic Paul Little (Airsprung Group)

Taking on more staff and watching them grow and develop with the company Tim Hobbs (Prestige Furniture Logistics)

The variety of the job is what gets me up in the morning – being the voice of the UK furniture industry, providing representation and a range of services that add value for our members, developing a range of market-leading benefits and co-ordinating trade events that help businesses grow and evolve, and representing our members at all levels with Government on issues like sustainability and training Phil Spademan (BFM)

Working with a wide range of lovely people, and travelling to meet customers and suppliers to build good relationships (plus I love the products!) Carole Nolan (Gallery Direct)

Seeing that ‘lightbulb’ moment when your customer ‘gets it’ after you’ve explained the importance of a good mattress and how it’s the foundation of their quest for better sleep Jerry Cheshire (bed and mattress expert)

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