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Furniture and the circular economy

Posted on 16th March, 2016

A lot is being talked about the circular economy, a concept that will underpin many future legislative policies. It is clearly explained by the Ellen Macarthur Foundation (, but in broad terms a circular economy is restorative and regenerative by design and aims to keep products, components and materials at their highest utility and value at all times, as opposed to the more traditional economic model of using raw materials, making products and disposing of those products.

Proposed schools changes could affect furniture manufacturing

Posted on 7th March, 2016

Under new Government proposals the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) will not include any creative subjects and it is highly likely that this will leave little, if any room, for such lessons in secondary schools. UK furniture manufacturing relies heavily on youngsters with skills in design and technology, whether employed directly from school or having pursued their interests through further education. If these seeds are not sewn at school then there will be little left to nurture.