Furniture Village took the Retail crown at the Family Business of the Year Awards (‘FBOTY’) organised by Family Business United (‘FBU’).
FBU celebrates family owned businesses across the UK, recognising the contribution they make in terms of employment, income generation and wealth creation and the national awards are the culmination of the award journey and a chance to really put family businesses on the map.
In the ‘virtual’ awards ceremony held live online, Furniture Village took the national Retail title and were worthy winners of the accolade. Since opening up their first store in Abingdon in 1989 Furniture Village has grown to become Britain’s largest privately owned furniture retailer offering great choice, great quality and great value in stores around the country.
As Paul Andrews, Founder and CEO of FBU explains, “There were some great retail finalists ranging in size and sector but there was only one winner in the eyes of the judges. As a second generation family firm that has been in operation since being founded over 30 years ago, the values and philosophy that they started out with remain as relevant today. Furniture Village has a rich and meaningful culture, built upon self respect, honesty and care and it is a family firm that continually create to innovation in the retail sector.”
“Our winners are a real family company at heart and do all that they can to champion other family firms too, both from the UK and overseas,” continues Paul.
“Furniture Village are worthy winners of the retail award and are a family business with a focus on growth on the basis of sustainable competitive advantage whilst knowing that they will always strive to remain a family firm. Great family business ambassadors and worthy winners of the retail award in 2020,” concludes Paul.
Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director and second generation adds: “I am so proud that Furniture Village has won this award. Last year we celebrated 30 years since my father, Peter Harrison, opened our first store and we have come so far since then. Everyone at Furniture Village has played a part in the incredible journey from one store in Abingdon in 1989 to where we are today.”