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FMC takes first step of One Step campaign

WCFMOneStep36 companies have signed up to The Furniture Makers’ Company’s One Step at a Time welfare campaign, taking the charity over a third of the way to its target of 100 companies supporting the initiative by May 2020. 

The campaign, which launched in May 2019, is challenging companies in the furnishing sector to raise awareness of the organisation’s occupational welfare support so every industry colleague knows where to turn in times of financial need. 

The companies that have signed up so far are: Acclaim Upholstery, Acres Consultancy, Artistic Upholstery, Axminster Tools & Machinery, Belfield Furnishings, Biesse Group UK, Bisley, Camira Fabrics, CD (UK), Celtheath, Crofts and Assinder, Design Studio, Duflex Foam, Edward Clay and Son, Ercol, Harrison Spinks, Homestore Interiors, Hunter Knight Upholstery, Hunters Contracts, Iain James Furniture, Information Publications,

KI, Litmus Furniture, Ocee Design, Panaz, Parker Knoll, Peter Dudgeon, Shire Beds, Tempur, Tetrad, The Furniture Ombudsman, Vitafoam, Webs Training, Westbridge, Whitemeadow and William Hands. 

‘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,’ says Dids Macdonald, Furniture Makers Company master.

‘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,’ says Karen Clarridge, Whitemeadow head of HR.

‘This very important initiative has enabled us to highlight the financial support available from the Furniture Makers to our employees who find themselves with unexpected expenditure and require some additional assistance. The feedback from the team has been very positive and extremely appreciative,’ says Alistair Gough, Ocee Design group ceo.

The Furniture Makers’ Company has been supporting industry workers, past and present, since 1903. Today it continues to provide financial assistance to workers within the industry through grants that can go towards essential household items or bills, funeral expenses, property repairs, disabled and medical equipment, respite or convalescent breaks, general financial hardship or pre-tenancy costs and removal costs.