Westbridge Furniture Design, which manufactures more than 10,000 pieces of upholstery a week has been confirmed as the latest Certified Company under the Furniture Industry Research Association’s Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

Three of Westbridge’s UK production sites were assessed during an audit process which the organisation underwent as part of its route to Certified Company status. These sites supply some of the largest retailers including Marks & Spencer, John Lewis Partnership, Next Kome, key retail park groups and independent retailers.

The audit was centred around ensuring Westbridge has suitable processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence compliance with the UK’s Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR).

Speaking on its new Certified Company status, Anthony Pydiah, senior quality and technical manager, at Westbridge Furniture Design says: “I’m delighted that we have earned this certification of our control systems. It is a reflection of the knowledge and great commitment of our team, coupled with the support of our suppliers, who together ensure that our processes are robust, withstand scrutiny and ultimately protect consumer safety.”

Phil Reynolds, COO of FIRA, says: “It’s great to welcome Westbridge Furniture Design to the Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture. They are a key manufacturer within the industry and their processes and procedures are central to protecting consumer safety. 

“When put into context that Westbridge carry over 1200 fabrics and leathers you get a real sense of the size of their operation. Their customers can now be sure that through this Certified Company status Westbridge are demonstrating due diligence and taking all necessary steps to comply with the FFFSR.”