Essex furniture maker awarded top industry accolade


Essex architectural joinery company Simpson and Liddard has been awarded the prestigious Manufacturing Guild Mark for business excellence by the Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and furnishing industry charity.

Founded in 2019, Simpson and Liddard specialises in high-quality, luxury interior fitouts for the commercial, residential, education and hospitality sectors. The firm recently completed work on the flagship new Roundhouse Campus creative and digital business hub in Camden.

Director Danny Liddard said: “We as a team are incredibly proud to have been awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark, recognising the standards we all hold and strive to better at every opportunity.”

The firm employs 12 people at its Aveley workshop, including two designers who work with clients producing CAD drawings to create project designs for discussion and approval.


The Manufacturing Guild Mark has been the mark of excellence, distinguishing Britain’s top furniture and furnishing manufacturers for 30 years and is awarded to companies demonstrating high standards across seven assessment criteria: design, product development and function, manufacture, human resources, financial stability, sustainability and sales and marketing.


Steve Bulmer, Manufacturing Guild Mark chairman, said: “I would like to congratulate Simpson and Liddard on their award of the Manufacturing Guild Mark, which really is testament to their credentials as an outstanding British furniture business.

“Danny and his team impressed us, among other things, with their commitment to continually improving their designs, using feedback from clients and colleagues. They are also dedicated to minimising waste, with all projects planned carefully to ensure the best use of raw materials.”


The Manufacturing Guild Mark is only open to businesses that manufacture most of their products in the UK. Companies undergo an independent audit every three years by the Furniture Industry Research Association on behalf of the Furniture Makers’ Company to ensure their standards of operation remain high.

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