New FIRA Gold Certification for Claremont Centre


STEVENAGE, UK – October 8, 2019– Designers and manufacturers of office furniture, Claremont Centre, have attained a new FIRA Gold Certification for their ‘Brae Sit Stand Desk’.

As part of the FIRA Gold Certification process the desks were subject to vigorous testing to BS EN 527-1:2011 Office furniture. Work tables and desks. Dimensions and also BS EN 527-2:2016+A1:2019 Office furniture. Work tables. Safety, strength and durability requirements.

Speaking on the new certification for their Brae Sit Stand Desk, John Fulton, Managing Director, at Claremont Centre said, “FIRA Gold is very important to our organisation. Designing and building durable furniture to an exceptional standards is at the core of everything we do here at Claremont Centre.


“Competitors may strive to meet our standards but FIRA Gold demonstrates that we’ve gone further though additional product testing and third party auditing of our manufacturing process by the experts at FIRA International. Through FIRA Gold, Claremont Centre customers receive peace of mind that our products will meet the needs of the most demanding workplace environments.”

Claremont Centre’s latest certification for the Brae Sit Stand Desk is in addition to their previous FIRA Gold’s attained for their Bench Lite Desk System – CCL Single Benches Office desking; Bench Lite Desk System – CCL Double Benches Office desking; A Frame Bench Desk System – CCL Single Benches Office desking; A FrameBench Desk System – CCL Double Benches Office desking; Bench Desk System – CCL Single Benches Office desking; Bench Desk System – CCL Double Benches Office desking; Framework Office Furniture – Universal Workstations Office desking; Framework Office Furniture – VDU Tables Office desking; Fast Track – Pedestals and Storage Units Office storage; Framework – Pedestals and Storage Units Office storage and also their ft2 range – Pedestals and Storage Units Office storage.

FIRA Gold is applicable to products or installation services and any product within the furniture industry can work towards FIRA Gold Certification, including final products or components. For further information on the certification scheme visit

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Whitemeadow Achieve ‘Certified Company’ Status Under FIRA Upholstery Compliance Scheme


Upholstery manufacturers, Whitemeadow, are the latest organisation to achieve ‘Certified Company’ status as part of the Furniture Industry Research Association’s ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’.

The Compliance Scheme, which includes upholstery manufacturers, retailers and suppliers, was created by the Furniture Industry Research Association in response to a series of high profile media and enforcement investigation, including to a BBC Fake Britain programme entitled ‘Furniture Inferno’ which aired in 2014. This programme looked at the dangers of non-compliant furniture.

The Compliance Scheme was then developed, with industry feedback, to support those from across the upholstery industry in ensuring they have relevant processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence in complying with the requirements of the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988 (FFFSR). Due to this, all Certified Companies are subject to an initial in-depth audit, which is then repeated annually to ensure compliance remains high.


Speaking on their new Certified Company status, Andy Pinder, Head of Quality, at Whitemeadow, said “As a key supplier to many of the UK’s largest Blue Chip multi-store and premium Independent retailers it’s important for us to not only offer great design and craftsmanship, but to back this up with the highest compliance and due diligence standards. That’s why as an organisation we decided to work towards becoming a Certified Company of the FIRA ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’.

“The scheme is not only integral for the upholstery sector, but also for retailers and ultimately end customers, who rely on manufacturers such as Whitemeadow to ensure that industry standards remain high. Having this new Certified Status sends a strong message that we have procedures in place throughout our manufacturing process, from start to finish, to maintain compliance with the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations.”

As a Certified Company of the Compliance Scheme, Whitemeadow will also benefit from Assured Advice from Hertfordshire Trading Standards. Advice will respected by other regulatory enforcement bodies, helping to prevent inconsistent interpretations of the FFFSR.

Full details on the Furniture Industry Research Association’s Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture are available from

Fellowes Professional Series Laptop Workstation Receives FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award


The Professional Series Laptop Workstation from Fellowes has received an Ergonomics Excellence Award from FIRA International.


The recognises companies who design and manufacture ergonomically outstanding products, especially those that meet and generally exceed the requirements of British and European standards.

The FIRA International team found the workstation to have key ergonomic features, a standout one being its varied height adjustment functionality. With nine different height variations, the workstation enables users to reach an ideal height setting of their laptop screen to reduce flexion and protraction of the head and neck. It also includes a document holder at the front of the product to encourage in-line working negating the need for users to look down at their desk or elsewhere on their workstation. The product’s cable management USB hub system helps minimises clutter, resulting in a clearer desk.

Following the assessment of the Professional Series Laptop Workstation, Levent Caglar, Head of Ergonomics at FIRA International said, “Health and wellbeing are key to improving our life at work and at home. Even the smallest of changes, such as having the right workstation can make a big difference.


“In assessing the Professional Series Laptop Workstation, we were particularly impressed with how the height and angle on the unit was easy to adjust, and even at its maximum height setting, it felt very secure due to its design. The ease of use of the workstation should encourage users to start considering adjusting the position of their laptop screen throughout the day to suit the varied tasks they undertake. Small steps like this can reduce stress on the neck and back.”


Louise Shipley, European Business Team Manager for Workspace Management / Furniture at Fellowes, comments: “We are very pleased to see our Professional Series Laptop Workstation receive the FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award. Our products are designed and developed around exactly what people need to work better and get the best out of their day. This award reflects how workspace ergonomics is becoming more of a priority and a preventative measure for common work-related ailments, for both – employees and employers.”

FIRA International also confirmed that the workstation met the applicable requirements of BS EN ISO 9241-5:1999 Ergonomic requirements for office work with visual display terminals (VDTs). Workstation layout and postural requirements.


Further details on the Fellowes Professional Series Laptop Workstation are available from, whilst has information on further FIRA ergonomic award holders.

FIRA Accreditation for Operators!!!

Alliance Seating are delighted to be able to announce that their Operator Range of office seating has been awarded the prestigious BS EN 1335, 2&3: 2009 accreditation from FIRA.

The certificate applies to our HIMP and MIMP models and means that their chairs have been officially recognised as being manufactured professionally, using quality materials and to be safe and fully functional in the office environment.

Clearly they are proud to be able to share this endorsement with their customers, and they would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support.

Their HIMP and MIMP models can be found, along with their extensive range of office solutions, on their website