Thank You from Orbital

After an incredible year of growth for Orbital in 2018, we kicked off 2019 in style with an incredibly successful January Furniture Show.

On 20thJanuary this year, we were all set up to see how a creative agency would fare in the UK’s biggest furniture show. With over 500 exhibitors and a record number of attendees, there was a real sense of optimism in the air. In a climate where there is a lot of uncertainty surrounding business decisions, the success of the January Furniture Show was a welcome triumph. And we at Orbital were no different.

 

With our whole team upheaved to Birmingham, it was business as usual. What better way to show you what we do, than show you what we do! Our team was busy building furniture in 3d and wrapping them in various fabrics whilst simultaneously creating room-sets to showcase the furniture. They were also demonstrating our product builder which allows users to select a piece of furniture and custom wrap the product, cushions, piping and more, in any number of fabrics and textures.

 

Amongst the thousands of attendees over the four days that followed, we had a huge number of visitors to our stand. Whether we can blame that on the fun we were having with our virtual reality headset, the constant supply of Haribo and coffee, or our designs, we will never know. Either way, we do know it was watching the team at work that secured an impressive number of new and potential clients and would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came to say hello. We are lucky enough to now be working on projects for the likes of Graham and Green, Sofa Sofa, Warwick Fabrics and so many more.

 

As well as those of you that we got to meet, and the interest you took in what we can do to grow businesses in the furniture industry, we also got to hear who the long-awaited winners of the Furniture News awards. The lucky five that were awarded for stand out products are in for a free room set build from us. As promised, after the winners were announced on the first day of the show, we started capturing images of the winners’ products before starting the 3D build on our enVision platform to create an invaluable marketing tool for the winning companies.

 

Make sure you keep an eye out for our progress updates and the finished products for the winners Parker Knoll, Sealy UK, Wiemann, Hartman UK and ALF. Maybe we’ll even have a game of spot the difference between the photographs and our renders, just to show what we really mean when we say you can’t tell the difference.

 

Have a sneaky peak at what we could do to grow your business here


The Exchange Launch Night

Just over a week ago, we celebrated the opening of our new home in Long Eaton, The Exchange.

 

Stepping into The Exchange, you are immersed into all things furniture. From our digital marketing agency for the furniture industry, to the BFM's new office, right the way to the 300m2 showroom. With The Exchange not just being an office space, it is a perfect hub for the industry.

 

To officially open The Exchange, Maggie Throup MP took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony, in front of fellow members of the Erewash Council and the Long Eaton Chamber of Trade, Directors of some of the longest trading furniture manufacturing companies in the area and of course friends and family.

 

The Exchange is a physical example of the intertwining network of the furniture industry, a place where you can easily spot a friendly face and feel at home.

 

All the team are so proud with the turnout from the night and would like to thank everybody who got stuck in and made the launch a huge success and a night to remember.

 

Thank-you to Linwood, John Sankey, Furmanac, Wood Bros and Futureglass for providing an eclectic mix of their stunning furniture ranges and bespoke accessories that were displayed around the showroom for attendees to admire.

 

As for the future here at Orbital, we really cannot wait to see what lies ahead.


The New Chairman for Heart of England Region

A huge congratulations to our very own Matt O'Flynn who has been appointed the position of new chairman of The Furniture Makers' Company ‘Heart of England’ fundraising region.

 

The Heart of England region will include Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Rutland. The voluntary position will involve Matt organising a couple of events a year in aid of The Furniture Makers’ Company.

 

Matt is planning for the first event to take place this September to coincide with the Long Point Exhibition, organised by the Long Eaton Guild here at The Exchange, home to The British Furniture Manufacturers Association and Orbital Visual Marketing.

 

A few words from Mr O'Flynn himself: “Our new premises at The Exchange in Long Eaton has provided an exciting and dynamic new opportunity for the industry to come together in the heartland of the upholstery trade. Having spent a number of years serving the industry as both chairman of the British Furniture Manufacturers and the Long Eaton Guild, creating a regional base for the Furniture Makers seemed a perfect fit.”

 

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Congratulations Matt from all the team here at Orbital!


The Manchester Furniture Show 2018

Orbital were proud to support the BFM at the Manchester Furniture Show 2018.

 

This week, we kicked our Monday off by heading to Manchester for the greatly anticipated, annual Furniture Show held at the Manchester Central Conference Centre. Standing alongside the BFM (British Furniture Manufactures Association) and their newly revived exhibition stand, designed by yours truly, we were given the shining platform to showcase our virtual service – enVision.

 

A chain reaction of interest came as the word started to spread around the show. Manufacturers from across the board took a huge interest to what we offer within the service, from bespoke upholsterers and independent soft furnishing companies to wholesale giants.

 

Not only was it manufacturers from the trade, but it was great to see several courses being run in furniture design and production. Burnley College students can study for a HND in furniture design, diplomas in furniture making and apprenticeships in upholstery and furniture production.  Their stand in the Main Hall featured examples of the students work including desks, chairs, occasional pieces, screens and dining tables.

 

Let’s begin looking towards the future for all things enVision.