Shropshire retail furniture maker celebrates 20 years of success

A specialist manufacturer based in Shropshire is celebrating an exciting milestone in 2022 – its 20th year in business!

Luke Elmer (production manager); Andy Hall (Procurement Manager); Steve Gough (Director of Project Management); Stuart Pendry (Production Manager) Front: Neil Enefer (General Manager); Mark Upton (production manager); Louise Cadd (financial director)

Retail Furniture started life with two employees in a modest environment in Oakengates, but now has over 50 employees in a 50,000 square foot workshop in Halesfield, Telford, and is looking to acquire more units in the coming years to meet to the growing demand for its services.

The company manufactures bespoke shopfitting solutions and displays primarily for retail customers, but also supplies customers in the healthcare, leisure, education, commercial and finances. Its large customer base includes supermarket giants Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Asda, Morrisons and Waitrose, Harrods, John Lewis Starbucks, BP and Boots. The company also works extensively in the railway industry.

Neil Enefer, Managing Director of Retail Furniture, said: “It has been an exciting 20 years and we look forward to continuing this success with new challenges and a growing customer base in the future.

“We’re proud of how far we’ve come, but it’s important for us to let people know that we’re here, what we’re doing and that we’re a great team to work with to help them meet their requirements.

“Retail Furniture is a specialist manufacturer primarily serving the retail sector, but we also provide bespoke work for other sectors including healthcare and have supplied items such as screening panels and d other protective equipment for furniture used by the NHS and individual businesses throughout the pandemic.

“We supply a whole range of bespoke furniture for other venues such as schools, colleges and libraries, office supply, veterinary practices, commercial and leisure establishments.

“Another exciting thing we are involved in is the rail industry, where we can provide a polyurethane solution for train table tops that acts as an antibacterial protective barrier. We are one of the few companies that can provide this solution on a large scale, it is a brilliant necessity, especially where hygiene has been at the forefront of people’s concerns due to the pandemic.

Retail Furniture opened in Oakengates in 2002, spending 18 months in the town before moving to Stafford Park for the next three years. The business then moved to its current home on Halesfield – a larger unit which was needed to facilitate the continued growth of the business.

“We would like to expand our capacity, taking more units and making them more specific to the sectors we work with,” Enefer said. “It’s a natural and necessary evolution for the company.

“Retail Furniture started its success manufacturing bespoke checkout counters, counters and shelving primarily for the convenience sector, but has now evolved into a company with a much broader offering across more sectors. We will need this additional space to meet the needs of the planned growth of the business.

“The future looks very bright! We were able to ride out the hardships of the Great Recession, working together and staying focused, not giving up hope and still believing we could pull through.

“We have survived the terrible consequences of the pandemic and, due to the range of sectors in which we operate, we have been able to remain busy meeting the needs of those who have continued to work – areas such as hospitals, doctors , schools and supermarkets.

Mr. Enefer paid tribute to his loyal collaborators and customers who are at the heart of the success of his company.

He said the production process has grown tremendously in 20 years, from hand-crafting while working 14-hour days, seven days a week, to range of high-specification machinery, CAD design, exceptional carpentry and a talented workforce that is now at the helm of the company.

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