Jubilant about our Big British Brands

27th May 2022

In the coming weeks we are going to be celebrating everything British and that means we have a lot to celebrate. With our business entering its 66th year (don’t miss our huge 65th celebrations later this season which were put on hold due to the pandemic, by the way… it’s going to be a spectacular July!) we have now been trading in the Hampshire area almost as long as the Queen has been on the throne. During these decades we have developed close relations with almost all of the Big British Furnishing Brands, some of which have been in production as long as us, and many who have got even more years under their belt! During the Jubilee celebratory long weekend we are offering extra discounts on all the notable brands. 

So here is a quick potted history of some of the famous British Furnishing names that we know and love - some of whom still also supply Her Majesty and the royal household…


  • Ercol was established 101 years ago in High Wycombe by Italian designer Lucian R Ercolani, whose intent was to design ‘honest furniture.’ The company remains family owned with Lucian’s grandson and great grandson both in the business to continue his beliefs today. With design at its heart, Ercol’s living and dining furniture constantly evolves to reflect how we live today. Ercol launched their famous award winning Studio Couch in 1956 - the year Peter Green opened his first tiny store in Eastleigh, Peter Green now has one of the largest Ercol studios in the Country!
  • Woodpecker naturally inspired flooring was developed by a family who who grew up in the lumber industry. Passionate about the personality, life and atmosphere that only real wood flooring brings to the home, they have been working with this natural material for more than two decades. The Woodpecker story began in 1973 in a small garage in Bristol and has been handed down through 3 generations. From the small beginnings they now have nine manufacturing facilities around the globe today. Their understanding and experience of timber shows in their simply stunning variety of real wood flooring.
  • Relyon beds were founded in 1858 by a Somerset family of wool merchants, ‘Price Brothers and Co.’ developed 100% wool mattresses that were of such high quality, they became known as mattresses that you could truly ‘rely-on’ for a good night’s sleep. Today Relyon beds harness their artisan rich pedigree and combine it with the finest natural fillings, their perfectly engineered calico covered pocket springs and bespoke tailoring options to produce some of the best beds in the market.
  • G-Plan refers to themselves as “the furniture that rebuilt Britain,” and can proudly trace their roots back to 1898, when Ebenezer Gomme began handcrafting beautiful furniture in his workshop. In 1953, his grandson Donald launched the G Plan brand and with it a post-war furniture revolution, as he took the then radical step of selling sofas without matching chairs. Since then the company has never looked back and have created some of the most enduring and iconic furniture of the 20th century, including Blofeld’s chairs in the James Bond Franchise!
  • Prestigious Textiles was founded by Trevor Helliwell in 1988 and has since earned an outstanding reputation for the originality and quality of its furnishing fabrics, curtains, window treatments and wallpapers. The Prestigious portfolio is packed with wide-ranging and trend-leading designs. After three decades, this family-run business also continues to demonstrate that quality and flair never go out of fashion.
  • Brockway have been making beautiful, high quality wool carpets at their family run factory in Kidderminster, since the 1960s. Their expert craftsmen and women have excellence at the heart of everything they do and they take great pride in using only the finest wool to produce some of the most comfortable carpets one can have underfoot!. 
  • Sherborne Upholstery This “Proud to be British” furniture manufacturer started production over 90 years ago. Producing an extensive selection of super-smooth Manual and Powered Reclining Chairs, Settees, Corner Groups and Fireside Chairs. Manufacturing all their own frames, every piece is fully researched, designed and produced (not just assembled) in their factories in the North of England. Sherborne pride themselves on high quality, efficient service and value for money.
  • Hypnos beds is a long-established family business with an “illustrious Royal history” to be proud of. Handmade in their Buckinghamshire workshops, Hypnos beds are some of the most comfortable beds on the market today and can be found in the finest yachts, palaces and hotels all over the world. They are rightly very proud of their Royal Warrant too.
  • Axminster Carpets ‘by Royal Appointment’ has been synonymous with carpet luxury and craftsmanship for over 250 years. Perhaps Britain’s best known and oldest carpet name, they produce high quality carpets that can be found in royal palaces and the best hotels, sports stadiums and private homes. Nobody makes a carpet quite like Axminster and their bespoke designs are second to none. They have been described as a national treasure!Harrison Spinks, producers of the Somus collection of beds is a fifth generation family business that started manufacturing over 180 years ago. They sustainably manage over 90% of the materials and methods to make their fine mattresses – from rearing their own sheep and alpacas for their gorgeous wool to growing hemp and flax crops on their very own farm to make twine and fabric, to felling their own woodland, designing and making their own pocket spring making machines, drawing their own ultra-fine wire and blending their natural fillings to our their own unique recipes, there’s not much Somnus don’t know about bedmaking!
  • Fibre Flooring is owned and run by people who are passionate about flooring and have a flair for great design. Having played a significant role in the introduction of natural flooring to the UK, with values are based upon tried and tested principles; they produce a range of natural fibre flooring from Sisal to Coconut to Seagrass, that is creative and inspiring, ethical and sustainably sourced too.
  • Celebrity have been producing quality furniture for over 30 years and are one of the UK’s leading manufacturers of riser-recliner chairs and reclining sofas in both traditional and contemporary styles. All Celebrity furniture is made by skilled upholsterers to high quality and performance standards in Nottinghamshire.
  • Brintons has been at the forefront of the global woven carpet industry for more than 230 years. Committed to the concept of thinking globally and acting locally, Brintons has carpeted stately homes to high-end hotels, Michelin star restaurants through to public buildings, convention centres, airports and cruise ships. Brintons carpets have a long history of contributing to the worlds's most stunning and beautiful interiors. They remain true to their core values, offering our customers an outstanding experience through exceptional products and a fantastic service.

27th May 2022

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