The Furniture Makers’ Company corporate member, Designer Contracts has been identified as one of London Stock Exchange’s 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

To achieve recognition in this report, a celebration of the UK’s fastest-growing and most dynamic small- and medium-sized businesses, companies needed to show consistent revenue growth over a minimum of three years, significantly outperforming their industry peers.

Designer Contracts has rapidly expanded over the past year and has a national network of 12 regional offices and a show home design division. It saw a 14% increase in turnover to £34m for the 12 months to the end of October 2015, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Peter Kelsey, MD of Designer Contracts, liveryman and past Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “We are delighted with our progress in the past year and to be included in the London Stock Exchange’s report as one of the 1000 Companies to Inspire Britain.

“We put our success down to making our customers our number one priority and ensuring they receive the very best possible service. Also, our national buying power enables us to supply product at fantastic prices and we work with customers on a one-to-one basis through our growing regional network of offices.”

Designer Contracts has recently trebled its national distribution facility moving to larger premises, increasing its size from 44,000 to 109,000ft2, with a significant increase in height, offering three times the amount of storage capacity.

In 2009 to 2010, Peter was master of the company and he is now chairman of the FMC, a charity responsible for running the Livery Hall. In recent years Peter has been instrumental in planning the refurbishment of The Furniture Makers’ Hall which took place in 2015.

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