60 for 60 recognises young talent

The rising stars of the UK’s interiors industry have been recognised in the 60 for 60 awards.

‘We received hundreds of entries for 60 for 60, ranging from woodworking to carpet and textile design, showing not only the vibrancy and diversity of British talent, but also that the industry continues to offer exciting and rewarding career opportunities. We congratulate every one of our 60 outstanding winners and look forward to sharing our members’ mentoring skills and providing networking opportunities as they continue to develop their professional careers,’ says Amanda Waring, The Furniture Makers’ Company master.

‘While we have a long history of supporting the UK’s flourishing and world-renowned furniture and furnishings industry, and are celebrating 60 years since we were awarded livery status, we are very much a modern organisation and it is vital that we use our position to reward and recognise emerging talent in the sector.’

Among the retailers recognised are Jade Farthing, Haskins Furniture md; Abby Baker, Furniture Village customer care manager; Ben Waters, HSL operations director; Helen Ciastek, Karpet & Furniture Kingdom operations director; Samantha Foster, Furniture Village distribution manager and Will Hudson, Habitat commercial designer.

The awards recognise those aged 35 or under in the furniture and furnishing industry, from retailers, product designers, cabinetmakers and technical developers to logistics professionals, commercial managers and operations directors, highlighting the diverse range of career opportunities available for young people in the furnishings industry.

Waring launched the awards to mark the industry charity’s 60th anniversary of becoming a City of London livery.

The awards were judged by Waring; Carla Barnett, Sanderson Design Group HR director; Edward Tadros, former Ercol chairman; and designer John Makepeace OBE.

A full list of the 60 and mini-profiles is on the The Furniture Makers’ Company’s website.

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