The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity, has announced the launch of its new Export Award and is calling for entries from any furnishing company that manufactures in the UK.

The new award will acknowledge companies currently excelling in export and promote them through the new award as an example to others.

The Export Award will consider all aspects of how a business operates, including development initiatives, overseas’ markets penetrated, volumes, growth, techniques, long term commitment, and relevant accreditations. The deadline for entries is 31 August 2016.

Paul von der Heyde, chairman of the Manufacturing Guild Mark Committee, said: “The goal of the Export Award is to recognise and champion companies that are flying the flag for British manufacture in export markets. The UK has a great tradition of fine furniture, bedding and furnishing design and manufacturing and, while imitations are often manufactured overseas, there is an increasing demand for ‘the real thing’.”

Applicants are invited to submit case studies for consideration by a panel of judges who will select the manufacturer deemed to have made the best export initiative or effort in the previous year.

For more information and for an entry form, visit: