Furniture Makers’ Company honours emerging talent as it celebrates 60 years

As part of the celebrations for its 60th anniversary, The Furniture Makers’ Company is honouring emerging young talent in the furniture industry.

The ’60 for 60’ campaign will honour 60 exceptional young people working in the furniture and furnishing industry. It will recognise outstanding people aged 35 or younger who are showing dedication to their careers and who show promise as the leaders of tomorrow.

The industry charity’s campaign starts in June and will be calling for nominations or self-entries for individuals working in any role within the industry. The Furniture Makers’ Company’s master Amada Waring will be among the expert judges who will review the submissions and choose the winners.

The charity aims intends to raise £60,000 in sponsorship, which will be used to give the winners an awards evening and fund events and initiatives to support their ongoing development. Any surplus funds will be used to help drive forward the organisation’s educational and training strategy in a bid to help reduce the skills gap.

Commenting on the campaign, Waring said: “For over 60 years, The Furniture Makers’ Company has brought together some of the most influential people and recognised brands from the furnishing sector with the purpose of cultivating bonds of fellowship and fortifying the industry though charitable endeavours.

“Instead of reflecting on past successes, we’re shifting our focus to the future and honouring the incredible young individuals who will shape the furniture and furnishing industry. By acknowledging their talent, we hope to demonstrate that the furniture industry values their growth and offers a lifelong profession.”

Buying Group Associated Independent Stores has already signed up as a principal partner of the campaign and opportunities are available for businesses wishing to be a sponsor or principal partner.

Waring added: “This is the major fund-raising campaign for my year as Master, and I hope you will consider supporting the initiative by becoming a sponsor or principal partner. I’m very excited about 60 for 60 as I think it’s an excellent way of demonstrating to young people in our sector that we are an industry that cares about them and recognises the vital role they play.”

Winners will receive an award certificate, digital assets to promote the achievement. Inclusion in press and media activity, an invitation to an exclusive networking event and professional development such as the offer of a mentor and networking opportunities. They will also get a year’s free Regional Association with the Company.

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