Some statement and comments from customers and suppliers:
We have lots of suppliers from Long Eaton and from other parts of the UK. Our choice of factories mostly depends on the designers’ view and clients’ wishes, but we can notice that Long Eaton’s factories furniture is of the highest quality. We are really glad to cooperate with you.
Alyona Baranova – English Interiors Moscow Russia
Quite simply the highest concentration of quality bespoke manufacturing is in and around Long Eaton / Nottingham – fact…….
Warwick Gloyn, Sales Director, The Linwood Fabric Company
What can I say having visited Long Eaton for the past 50 years, both as junior sales to buyer of quality furniture for the discerning consumer. I have loved my visits to the home of British Upholstery.
David Rycroft Buyer Stokers Furniture.
If you want the best quality in the UK then it has to be Long Point, with its long tradition of the finest craftsmanship.
Graham Stoker, Managing Director, Stokers Group.
We purchase currently from Long Eaton to satisfy our product plan needs (not because it comes from Long Eaton, it could come from anywhere in the UK or World) What draws me to Long Eaton is a mix of Upholstery designs, price points and suppliers that also exhibit in the Mill to include imports.
Simon Fishpool – Managing Director, of Fishpools
In 1964 I first joined Hampton McMurray and learned very quickly about the quality of upholstery manufactured in the town of Long Eaton. During the past 50 years I have enjoyed a long and happy business and personal friendship with many of the manufacturers in Long Eaton, and long may this continue. I often say to customers looking at upholstery ‘Long Eaton is the home of the best of British Upholstery’.
Allan Richardson, MD Hampton & McMurray – Glasgow
for 45 years at the highest end of the Interior Design and Furniture profession, we have always considered Long Eaton to be the heart of fine hand made English Upholstery’
Paul Avery – Allen Avery Interiors Haslemere
I do buy furniture from other places, both hardwood case-goods and upholstery, and if it is not from Long Eaton it is usually from much further away, such as Italy, the Netherlands or USA*. Many of my clients and customers however, regularly ask if products are made in the UK, and probably an even greater proportion ask specifically if we stock particular brands, and those brands are often those based in Long Eaton. All of my team here feel confident in selling and specifying products from the people we buy from in Long Eaton and we know that they have the skills and resources to undertake special projects.
Trevor Wilson – Beaufort Interiors – Belfast
I am proud to have been associated with Long Eaton over many years which is the centre of excellence for UK upholstery. It is part of the UK’s rich tradition of fine furniture making and should be valued as such.
John Warburton General Manager John Richard Vietnam Co Ltd
High quality, great design and unbeatable service are all synonymous with British success stories. Long Eaton Upholstery is no different and that is why I have offered it to my clients for over 20 years.
David Bird, Carol Bird Interiors, Beverley
As a retailer with up to 5 showrooms, specialising in Classic British Interiors here in Vienna, I have dealt with Long Eaton furniture makers, the core of English upholstery, for the best part of 37 years. Some of their leading figures have become personal friends. There great personalities and dedication to their jobs have produced furniture, so “very English” thus standing out from other countries makers by their individuality. Let me wish the Long Eaton furniture makers to retain the very special niche of European furniture making for ever.
Henry Gerlinger, Classic Interiors, Country House, Vienna
Our family company “The English Furniture house” comprised of two outlets in Sweden, and sold exclusively high quality UK upholstery and cabinet furniture. We also participated with several Long Eaton Companys at the annual Scandinavian International Furniture Exhibition in Stockholm. The visits to the Long Point show, where the majority of our suppliers were assembled, were always a highlight of the year for my wife and myself during the 30 odd years we were in operation. We were always made very welcome and during the years we became very good friends with many in the trade there. It was always a pleasure doing business with the furniture manufacturers in Long Eaton.
James Rawsthorne, Managing Director, Engelska Möbelhuset AB Sweden
Long Eaton is one of those unknown gems of quality manufacturing which the UK is so very famous for. Throughout our visits to upholstery factories all over the world, Long Eaton companies are still unrivalled in their offer of the best skills, craftsmanship and fabric choice which is why they have been so essential to the growth of our company over the last 70 years.
James Barker Managing Director Barker and Stonehouse
In our opinion Long Eaton is the established location in England for good quality upholstered furniture. With the decline of the lace industry many single storey large workshops because available and good quality upholsterers grasped this opportunity and now have extensive premises, together with the natural skills of the workforce. It is a pleasure to deal with leading suppliers located here and we are pleased to have the industry still located firmly within the Britain.
Adrian W. Ponsford – H. Ponsford Limited – Sheffield
Having been in this trade all my working life, Long Eaton has always been the heart of fine quality upholstery. I’ve been lucky enough to travel the world buying, and on many occasions have quoted that the skills, the quality, the craftsmanship we have in Long Eaton are second to none, wherever you go! In my early years I was proud to sell it now I’m proud to buy it! It’s great to see the area getting the recognition it so richly deserves!
Malcolm Walker Director of Buying – Furniture Village