I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year break, we wish you a very Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Our year starts with lots of exciting news. Upon circulation of our winter journal, we will be changing our company name from OFAS – Office Furniture Advisory Service to CFAS – Commercial Furniture Advisory Service (OFAS t/a CFAS). We have thought long and hard about this, acknowledging that OFAS has over 35 years in the industry, originally only supporting the office sector, whereas today we support all sectors of the furniture market: hospitality, educational, healthcare, contract and office. This change comes at a time when we are also instigating many improvements and additional services for our associates, providing industry information, practical advice, plus marketing and promotional opportunities.
The world is changing, the stresses and issues faced are different, market, environmental, economic, social and technical pressures are growing, so here at OFAS (soon to be CFAS) we have taken on board a Non-Executive Director to help us develop more tools and services to better support you. We feel this change will also provide additional brand awareness for our associates, as they are often considered as ‘office’ only manufacturers/dealers, when in fact they too are involved in many sectors.
Our industry has many challenges and opportunities, seasonality and key times, so we thought we would match this with our quarterly journals each having a theme relevant to our market. If you are subscribed to our free journals, you will receive our first edition (Winter 2018) featuring Educational Space shortly. Historically, educational furniture was totally different from any other sector, unlike today, where other than nursery and early years, there is a blurring of edges with educational, office and hospitality interiors. The 2019 journals will be themed:
• Educational Space
• Planet Health
• Public Space
• Workplace Health
• Clerkenwell Design Week – MINI JOURNAL
• 100% Design, London Design Week – MINI JOURNAL
• All standard sections will also be included in each issue, so no one misses out.
Paula Marshall, our new Non-Executive Director, has been surveying members to understand their business challenges or sales and marketing dilemmas, finding very similar problems being faced whether a manufacturer, importer, reseller or dealer, whether selling a product or service. The changes over the next year reflects the ever developing needs of our members…our website has become even more user-friendly, new services are coming On-board, and we are planning networking events plus many more activities.
OFAS are sad to hear of the news of Tienda, we wish all of their employees good luck in finding new roles. As per the below link, KPMG are requesting enquiries for the purchase of the assets, or if there are any job roles going in your fit-out company, reach out to their staff who have just lost their jobs.
Jobs lost as interior fit-out firm enters administration
A Grantham-based interior fit-out specialist has entered administration with the loss of 14 jobs.
Dams Furniture have launched their new Furniture Guide 2019, which is Dams biggest and most exciting catalogue to date packed with over 6,500 products. The new furniture guide is around 100 pages larger than the 2018 catalogue, and with such a wide portfolio of award-winning products featured in the new Furniture Guide, Dams are better placed than ever to support dealers with both the products and services they need throughout the year.
Explains Managing Director of Dams, Chris Scott “Contemporary office environments call for stylish design in every aspect of their specification and the Dams furniture collection in our new 2019 catalogue offers all the good looks and aesthetic choices to satisfy the latest trends and the most enduring designs, with innovative content, product specifications, inspirational new product photography and stunning location shots.”
Innovative, new additions to the range include the recently launched boardroom, meeting room and café dining tables, complemented with a new Elev8² height adjustable boardroom table range and a Slab 25 table and benching solution ideal for canteens. Storage products have been extended to include wooden lockers and the range of steel storage is available in a wider selection of steel finishes along with the new Caddy versatile under-desk storage solution.
New for 2019 seating families include Dynamo, Solus, Lola, Lennon, Santana, Strut and Ronan, which all have sleek, modern designs and multiple features and allow the user to enjoy the modern design without compromising on good ergonomic support. And last but not least Dams’ Kraft and Ziggy soft seating furniture has been designed to bring people together in a place where ideas, insight and inspiration can be shared.
Chris continues “”We’re delighted that over 80% of products in our new catalogue are made in the UK using the latest manufacturing technology. All our product images are available to download as individual images or grouped together in a convenient zip file from the dams.com website. The Dams product data, including images, product features and marketing content, is also available via Fusion Data. Please contact our marketing team at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more!”
A high-end furniture manufacturer based in Dudley, which has worked with the likes of Microsoft, PwC and eBay, has said it is “unlikely” that its 2019 results will show “any significant improvement” outside of the US because of the “uncertainty” around Brexit.
Boss Design, which was established in 1983, designs and makes seats, chairs and pods for workspaces and the hospitality, retail and leisure sectors.
In newly filed accounts for its parent company, Boseco, the group said: “The general uncertainty surrounding the outcome of the Brexit negotiations make it difficult to forecast with any degree of certainty until outcomes become clearer for March 2019 and beyond and it is unlikely that results for 2019 will show any significant improvement upon 2018 outside of the US.”
The accounts also reveal that the group’s turnover increased from… Click here to read more.
Original article located here by Jon Robinson
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