Sofa Brands International boosted by Wiltshire-made G Plan

Tuesday, 29th October 2013

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The Cardiff-based furniture maker’s goods are found in more than 600 UK retail outlets, including Harrods, John Lewis and House of Fraser.

According to the company’s latest set of accounts, gross sales increased by 8 per cent to £75.6m in the year ending 30 June 2013. Turnover was up by 7 per cent to £71.2m, most of which was generated in the UK.

Pre-tax profits jumped by 71 per cent to £4.8m over the same period.

In their report accompanying the accounts, the directors stated: “The trading performance of the group was strong in the year to 30 June 2013. Gross sales increased by more than 8 per cent from £69.7m in the previous year to £75.6m.

“Whilst all businesses enjoyed an increase in sales, the biggest contribution to overall sales growth came from G Plan.”

G Plan is a range of 30 modern sofas and chairs manufactured at Melksham in Wiltshire, most of which feature motion control mechanisms such as recliners. This facility makes 65,000 sofas and chairs per year.

The brand name comes from founder Ebenezer Gomme, who set up his first factory in 1898. A G Plan chair was even used by supervillain Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the 1967 James Bond film You Only Live Twice.

Besides G Plan, the company also sells sofas and chairs under the Parker Knoll and Duresta labels.

Sofa Brands International employs 885 members of staff. Of this figure, 708 worked in operations, 155 served in administration roles and 22 were on the management team.

 

 

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