Inspiring British Sofas
At Whitemeadow our approach to furniture making is simple. Skilled craftsmen taking pride in building tailored products with high quality finishes following exacting standards to support the brands of our loyal customer base.
This simple approach has led us to become one of the most trusted and well respected upholstery manufacturers in Britain and proud to partner many of the UK’s largest Blue Chip multi-store and premium Independent retailers.CONTACT US TO DISCOVER MORE
Learn more about Whitemeadow by taking a tour of our About page to discover the core values that underpin our business.
From our distinguishable products and fabrics, to our market leading design and development, and our close affiliations with key industry bodies, we invite you to absorb the Whitemeadow story.
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INDUSTRY LEADING BRANDS
We are proud to work with some of the best brands in the industry to create exclusive collections that are perfect for modern living.
Our brand partnerships include working with design icon Sir Terence Conran, the Queen of Prints herself, Orla Kiely and award-winning mattress manufacturer, Hypnos.Find Out More
Pause in Production
The Health and Safety of Whitemeadow staff is of the utmost importance and the spread of Coronavirus (Covid-19) has made us only more attuned to this.
Due to the Covid-19 outbreak, our manufacturing units and offices will be CLOSED from 5.00pm today, Tuesday (24.03.2020). This is a temporary and precautionary measure until such time as our Government make reassurances that retail stores and warehouses can resume operating and maintain safe environments.
In line with the Government’s announcement this will initially be for a 3-week period and will be continually monitored and reviewed in line with Government advice and our customers’ responses to this.
During our time of closure, we will have a skeleton team of colleagues working from home. If you have any urgent concerns, please contact us via the email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please bear in mind that there may be some delay in response and these colleagues will have limitations in their ability to perform all of our usual operational functions.
Please be assured that we are closely monitoring all information provided by Public Health England and the Government and shall look forward to reopening, as soon as we are able.
We value the trust and loyalty you place in Whitemeadow and would like to thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.
Our thoughts at this time are with all those affected by Covid-19 and our gratitude goes to the people who are working tirelessly to care for them.
Please stay safe. We wish you well.
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Women at Whitemeadow- Part 1
Celebrating International Women's Day this weekend made us think about some of the fantastic women we have working here at Whitemeadow. As a manufacturer, we're dedicated to offering equal opportunities to all genders and helping women excel in our industry. Often working in roles that are typically male-dominated, we're taking a closer look at some of the women of Whitemeadow and the role they play in our business.
First up is Wendy Brown, Production Manager at one of manufacturing sites in Nottinghamshire.
What made you get into the role you currently work in?
I started at Whitemeadow 10 years ago in the role that’s is now known as a Coordinator (I believe I was the first one doing this at Export) then I worked my way up to a Supervisor, so being a Manager felt like natural progression.
What was your background before you started at Whitemeadow?
I was a machinist from leaving school- starting on lingerie, then car seats and finally sofas at Derwent upholstery, which is now Parker Knoll.
Were people in the factory surprised to have a female boss?
No, I don’t believe they were surprised that I was their boss, I think at that stage I’d been at the company long enough doing the Supervisor role that people kind of expected it.
What challenges did you face when you first started and how did you overcome them?
We already had a great team that worked well together in production, but I guess it’s tying all the loose ends together and communicating effectively that helps. I did get a few individuals who struggled with being told what to do by a woman, but over time I’ve earned respect from people and tried to improve things wherever I can.
What changes have you seen over your time here with regards to the workforce and attitudes towards women in the factory environment?
I honestly don’t think we had a negative attitude towards women and men’s roles because we’re quite a mixed group to begin with. We had a female upholsterer at Export on stools, and we now have more guys doing the inspection which tended to be more women historically. Also, we have women doing cushion filling, which again was more male orientated in the past. I do feel this is being pushed more now though on upholstery and sewing which can only be a good thing.
What are your future aspirations regarding your team and your role here?
Hopefully I’m still employed by the company! I’m always looking for ways to improve efficiency and production and create a pleasant working environment that inspires people to work to their best standards. I’d like a happy, productive workforce, that communicates and works well together, and I’d like to see more of them progress into future Supervisor & Manager roles here too!
What advice would you give to women and girls that would like to work in a male-dominated role?
I’d say go for it! There’s help, support and advice out there for anyone who’s not scared of hard work and can face daily challenges. It’s an incredibly rewarding role and something to be proud of.
Whitemeadow Launches Apprentice of the Year Award
To recognise National Apprenticeship Week, Whitemeadow are launching their very first Apprentice of the Year Competition. The National Apprenticeship Week is a celebration of apprenticeships across England and is a time to recognise and applaud apprenticeship success stories across the country.
As a Company, Whitemeadow want to take this opportunity to promote the success of their own apprentices. The Apprentice of the Year Competition is open to all apprentices working for Whitemeadow Furniture whilst working towards a Modern Upholsterer Level 2 qualification.
The competition will recognise the outstanding achievements by an apprentice who has been working at Whitemeadow, whilst working towards a qualification, and entrants will be judged on their work in the calendar year of 2019.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the commitment the apprentice has shown to their role, to their own development and why they have stood out as one to watch in future.
Highlights of some of our core product ranges. From Mid Century inspired vintage styles, to traditionally buttoned accent pieces and beautifully tailored, hand studded bed frames, our product range spans far and wide.
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