Grantham manufacturer QFC retains quality mark

Paul von der Heyde and David Bramwell

Paul von der Heyde and David Bramwell

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Grantham upholstery manufacturer QFC has successfully passed a rigorous audit to retain the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark, demonstrating excellence in furnishing manufacturing.

The mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the Guild and Livery company of London, representing the UK furniture industry.

It is only awarded to companies that demonstrate high standards across all aspects of the business, including manufacturing, design, product quality, marketing, finance, commitment to training, employment conditions and sustainability.

QFC produces sofas and armchairs for several major high street retailers, including Next, DFS, John Lewis, Laura Ashley and Argos.

It is a significant local employer with over 400 employees across its two sites, in Alma Park Road and Swingbridge Road, and said it is proud to support other local businesses through its supply chain.

The business, which has held the mark since 2013, undergoes an exacting audit every three years to ensure its standards of operation remain high.

David Bramwell, QFC managing director, said: “At QFC all our employees work tremendously hard and are committed to our mission of making sofas to be proud of.

“To receive such prestigious independent recognition from the Furniture Makers is a brilliant achievement and makes me extremely proud of our business and everyone involved.”

Of all the companies manufacturing furniture in the UK, only 17 have been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark.

Paul von der Heyde, Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman, said: “I would like to extend my congratulations to the whole team at QFC for retaining their Manufacturing Guild Mark. This award is the highest accolade UK furnishing manufacturers can aspire to achieve.”