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Mobus first fabric supplier to gain ‘Certified Company’ status under compliance scheme

Mobus Fabrics Ltd have been confirmed as the first fabric supplier to achieve ‘Certified Company’ status as part of the Furniture Industry Research Association’s ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’.

The West Yorkshire based suppliers were recognised with their achievement at the January Furniture Show. The scheme itself was launched at the same show in 2018 when the Furniture Industry Research Association unveiled details and introduced Hertfordshire Trading Standards as their Primary Authority Co-Ordinated Partnership.

In order to become a Certified Company, Mobus Fabrics underwent a thorough audit to prove they have suitable processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence compliance with the Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR).

Speaking on their new Certified Company status, Ian Bostock, Managing Director at Mobus Fabrics said “Since our inception in 1994 we’ve grown to an annual turnover of US$30 million with over 70 colleagues worldwide. With this scale in mind it’s imperative that all due diligence is at our core, with no margins for error, as our customers are relying on us to ultimately keep their customers safe.

“This is why we see value in the ‘Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture’ and are delighted to be the first fabric suppliers to gain ‘Certified Company’ status. This gives us confidence in knowing our processes and procedures are robust. It also provides ‘verification’ to our customers, reassuring them that we adhere to the FFFSR in everything we do.”

Suzie Radcliffe-Hart, Technical Manager at FIRA International, who conducted the scheme audit added “I was impressed by the standard of the on-site Furniture Industry Testing Technology, or FITT laboratory facilities. This not only enables the Mobus Fabric teams to verify material quality and make to the same standards as commercial laboratories such as FIRA International, but also facilitates prompt action should the need arise.”

Full details on the Furniture Industry Research Association’s Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture are available here.

The scheme is open to manufacturers, retailers, supplier and upholsterers, and any organisations interested in becoming a Certified Company should contact FIRA International on info@fira.co.uk or call +44 (0)1438 777 700.