updates from FurnTech

January 2021 – COVID19, Lockdown v3

Nothing frustrates me more than sitting still, either in a literal or a metaphoric sense.  The world and it’s people are clearly facing a variety of challenges at the moment and whilst we are dealing with “only furniture” in the scheme of things, an order is an order – important to you the retailer, important to me the agent, important to the manufacturer and of course, important to your consumer.

Due to continued government restrictions I am once again unable to conduct visits but please note I am still fully available through either telephone, email, or the Contact FurnTech function on this website.

Also, don’t forget to enquire about the product related January to February consumer promotions offered by several of my principals at the moment designed to help stimulate trade.

December 2020 – Port and Freight Delays

I have been advised that there are some major issues arising at UK Ports in due to a combination of several factors that are all coinciding with the traditional Christmas spike.

Such issues are affecting the prompt and accurate unloading of vessels, and in turn delaying the release and customs processing of containers.  Goods can only be planned and scheduled once they arrive in UK warehouses so please continue to ask for updates relating to your pre-Christmas orderbooks.

I want to make it known that I will be on hand with a hire van to assist the logistics elements of my principals, and will be working up until and including Christmas Eve to help ensure customer expectations are met.

November 2020 – COVID19, Tier Restrictions

As we approach a traditionally busy time for the Furniture trade, although I am once again restricted in movement please note I am still fully available through either telephone, email, or the Contact FurnTech function on this website.

I am hopeful of returning to frequent call patterns as soon as it is practical and fair to your retail environments.  In lieu of postponed show events that were due early 2021, please also note I have 3 separate showvans ready to bring out upon appointment when the time is finally right.

I wish everyone health and happiness as we enter the festive period.

August 2020 – COVID-era visits and protocol

With holidays and other usual seasonal expenditure on hold in 2020, there seems to have been a huge amount of consumer-demand for furniture this summer.  In tandem with this surge, many manufacturers have also been busy with internal projects including the development of new lines.  I have new upholstery, bedroom and dining ranges to showcase.

I don’t propose to come charging around stores immediately as I imagine  this will hinder not help as we all try to adjust to this “new normal”. 

However, as government restrictions are slowly lifting I intend to start calling on retailers again in order to update displays and reengage with staff.  This will of course be done on a strict appointment basis all whilst observing both government and your own protocols.

I want to help train, merchandise and prepare as much as possible ahead of what is hopefully a good end to this tricky year.

March 2020 – Government “Lockdown” 23/03/2020

Inline with the Prime Minister’s announcement at 8pm on the 23rd March, I will not be travelling until further notice.

I am fully available through either telephone, email, or the Contact FurnTech function on this website.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all stores and staff thus far and wish everyone a safe passage through these uncertain times.

February 2020 – It’s showtime! NEC done, onto Haydock Park

A big thank you to all customers past and present who I had the pleasure in seeing at the Furniture Show in January.  I would like to extend a cordial invitation to the NWFRAA show (North West Furniture Representatives and Agents Association) coming up in March.

After a few discussions within the group it was decided to revive this event and the reborn show will be held at Haydock Racecourse 14/15/16 March, with around 30 manufacturers committed to showing a mixture of Beds, Upholstery and Cabinet.  Open to all trade with no registration required, easy access off the M6, free parking and a complimentary free lunch.  Who says such a thing doesn’t exist!  Oh, and a chance to see your favourite furniture representatives and agents!

Please ask in the event of any questions, further information will be added to a pop-up area within this site in due course.

January 2020 – Furntech is open for business!

For those that are unaware I became a self-employed agent on the 01/01/2020 and no longer work directly or exclusively for Nathan Furniture.

Nevertheless, I will continue to proudly look after their Northern and Scottish customers as an agent and think this represents an exciting opportunity for all parties.  Throughout 2020 and beyond I will be growing my portfolio to give a broader offering of product to show on my visits.

I hope this period of transition is a smooth one and will strive to ensure that there is no change in attitude, knowledge, service or commitment.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank all stores and staff for their support ahead of this new personal challenge.