We’re delighted to announce that, here at Ministry of Furniture, we’ve doubled the size of our premises in Neath Port Talbot and created two purpose-built showrooms as we gear up for a boom in business as economic restrictions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic lift.
We have taken an additional 3,200 sq. ft of office space, doubling our existing space in those premises and complementing our 10,900 sq. ft manufacturing facility in the Swansea Valley. The move also comes on the back of us creating eight new positions earlier this year.
We have recently expanded our offering to the education sector, notably by upskilling our staff to allow us to produce and install all forms of fitted furniture for classrooms including science and technology laboratory equipment and desks.
One of our new showrooms will showcase this new offering for the education sector; the other will illustrate our extensive skills and offering around workplace interiors, which includes loose furniture and associated graphics, wall art and signage. Our offering is designed to support the construction industry from concept to completion.
While the number of visitors to the new showrooms is limited at present, due to social distancing requirements, we are able to welcome visitors by appointment now and we hope to organise an open day once such a gathering is considered safe and legal.
The showroom dedicated to our education offering fits well with our growing portfolio of work in education, itself partly driven by the Welsh Government’s 21st Century Schools Programme – a multi-billion investment. We are already working with a number of schools in the region including Cefn Saeson School in Neath, Ysgol Y Graig in Merthyr Tydfil and Whitmore High School in Barry.
Graham Hirst, our CEO, said: “This is another positive step forward for the business as we eye an economic recovery for the country and what we hope will be a period of growth and expansion for our own business.
“We proved our agility last year in the way we repurposed the business and realigned our offering. We are now reaping the rewards of that as we have invested in our staff and offering to serve new sectors and work with new clients. We have already created a number of new jobs this year; these new showrooms will allow us to take the next step forward in showcasing our work and offering in all its forms.”