Harrison pays tribute after Next Generation award

Charlie Harrison, Furniture Village commercial director has paid tribute to fatherhood and his father after winning this year’s Family Business United Lifetime Next Generation Award.

The award recognises members of the next generation who have made significant contributions to their own family business.

Shortlisted among eight other future family business leaders, Harrison’s drive, passion and commitment was recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the judges.

‘This year marks my 20th anniversary at Furniture Village. Working alongside my father, day in day out for the past 20 years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life. I’ve learned from the best. It’s an honour to steer the business into the next generation, doing right by our customers, our suppliers, our partners and our planet. It’s been a phenomenal ride, here’s to the next 20,’ says Harrison.

Colleagues and suppliers commended Harrison for his diligent work behind the scenes to bring teams together and champion new ways of working that bring out the very best in those involved.

‘Having my own family has brought a new dimension to my work and given me a greater insight into my own father’s life and the sacrifices he made to grow the business to what it is today. Fatherhood gives me an even deeper respect for the unique bonds that tie a family business together. It’s my hope that my two daughters, Isla and Isabella and my other nephews and nieces will work in the business one day, carrying the torch for future generations,’ says Harrison.

‘Family businesses would not exist if it were not for the underlying involvement of families and individuals within these businesses, notably the next generation as they step up to take on various roles as the business and the family look to the future. Charlie’s commitment to Furniture Village over the past 20 years has been quite honestly outstanding and it’s clear that he’s played an enormous role in both the success and growth of the business and will continue to do so in the years to come. The feedback from his colleagues and suppliers spoke of a man who is not only great at what he does, but someone who is valued for his integrity, kindness and family spirit: all the makings of a future leader,’ says Paul Andrews, Family Business United md.

Brian Toward, ceo of bathroom retailer Wholesale Domestic Bathrooms was among the finalists.

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