Ministry of Furniture

Ministry of Furniture and Ministry Graphics continues to put community at the heart of their business following bank support


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Read time: 5 mins      Added: 25/06/2020

The Welsh furniture and graphics group has launched a new range of workplace shielding products to support the country’s safe return to work, following support from Lloyds Bank.

Ministry of Furniture, based in Neath, specialises in creating workspaces for the education sector, whilst its sister company, Ministry Graphics, provides interior and exterior signage, as well as interior and vehicle graphics.

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, the business has been exploring how they can use their existing design and manufacturing capabilities to provide products that will support efforts against COVID-19.

Cash flow support through a six-figure invoice finance facility from Lloyds Bank has enabled them to develop and launch a new 'Protekt' range of acrylic protection screens for a local temporary field hospital, shops and workplaces, as well as free face shields for frontline workers, all designed to help create safer environments for those re-entering workplaces following the COVID-19 lockdown.

Ministry of Furniture emerged from Remploy Furniture following its closure by UK government in 2013. Remploy was then the UK’s largest employer of people with disabilities and that tradition remains the very essence of their brand despite the pressures of lockdown.

Graham Hirst, Managing Director, Ministry of Furniture, said: "We are a business with social aims, heavily focussed on the welfare of our people, their families and the local communities we serve. It felt especially important for Ministry to keep the bigger picture in mind.

"Protection will be a major consideration when people start returning to the workplace, and our new range aims to provide a simple solution to help keep workers and members of the public safe."

Graham Hirst, Managing Director, Ministry of Furniture

"The support from the team at Lloyds Bank meant we could be in a position to invest in this new product line. We now have our eyes firmly set on the future."

Nathan Bartlett, associate director, Lloyds Bank, said: "Ministry of Furniture and Ministry Graphics teams have been quick to spot where its products and services can be of real value, both for their customers and community alike.

"Whether it’s to support growth opportunities, or to help manage disruption caused by current conditions, we’ll continue to be by the side of firms like Ministry of Furniture and Ministry Graphics in the weeks and months to come."

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