Kirkby company handed top award

Ashfield MP Gloria Di Piero presents managing director Julian Bowen with  his award from Andrews Interiors Magazine after being named Best Furniture wholesaler in England, during a celebratory lunch at the Kirkby factory.
Ashfield MP Gloria Di Piero presents managing director Julian Bowen with his award from Andrews Interiors Magazine after being named Best Furniture wholesaler in England, during a celebratory lunch at the Kirkby factory.
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STAFF at a furniture company in Kirkby are celebrating after scooping an award from a leading industry magazine.

Julian Bowen, which is based at Park Lane Business Park, has been named Best UK Furniture Wholesaler by Interiors Monthly magazine after beating other firms around the country.

On Friday, Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero visited the team at Julian Bowen after being asked to present the award.

She was also given the chance to find out more about the company, which supplies furniture to stores in the UK and also exports to Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Cyprus.

The award was given after Julian Bowen secured the highest number of votes from retailers.

Commercial director Emmett Lenaghan said: “It’s a huge accolade because it’s the retailers’ support.

“It’s an important award that sets us apart from the other competition.”

Miss De Piero added: “I was delighted to be invited to present the award.

“In these difficult times it’s great when you hear a success story and it was really good to find out how a local firm has managed to rise above the doom and gloom of the current economic climate.

“It was obvious what the award meant to all of the team there and I hope they enjoy their success – from what I saw they definitely deserve it and I’m sure it won’t be the last award either.”

Julian Bowen employs around 100 people and bosses at the firm say sales are 20 per cent up. It distributes to stores such as Bensons and the Range.