British furnishing manufacturers interested in finding out about the marketing and operational benefits of the Manufacturing Guild Mark are encouraged to attend a free open day this October at Biesse Group UK’s Daventry headquarters.

Awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company and co-sponsored by Biesse and Lectra, the Manufacturing Guild Mark has distinguished some of Britain’s top furnishing manufacturers since 1993. 

The mark is awarded on completion of a successful independent audit, performed by FIRA International, that assesses standards across all aspects of the business, including manufacturing, design, product quality, marketing, finance, commitment to training, employment conditions and sustainability.

Any manufacturer of any size operating within the wider furnishing industry is eligible to apply. Currently 19 British manufacturers – including Bisley, Delcor, Ercol, Gratnells, Harrison Spinks, Herman Miller, Jay-Be and Wren Kitchens.

The open day is taking place on Thursday 24th October, and will include an overview of The Furniture Maker’s Company and what is involved in the audit process. Visitors will hear from an existing Manufacturing Guild Mark holder and find out first-hand the positive promotional impact the mark has had on their business and how the audit process has enabled them to make improvements and embrace change at the business. The experience will conclude with a tour of Biesse’s state-of-the-art technology centre.

Interested parties can choose to attend either a morning (10am-1pm) or afternoon session (2pm-5pm) with a working lunch in between. Companies interested in attending one of the free sessions can register at