Wear It Pink-Pink Friday | Forest Sofa

On Friday the 19th of October we took part in Wear It Pink, one of the biggest fundraisers in the country, and our staff wore a variety of pink clothing to support Breast Cancer Now. Some of our staff baked some lovely pink cakes too to help raise some more money for this great cause.

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Every Year, Breast Cancer Now holds Wear It Pink to raise awareness and money for the UK’s largest Breast Cancer Charity. Taking place during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, thousands of people wear it pink in their communities and workplaces every year to support the charity. This year, we were proud to be some of the 17,907 people who signed up to take part.

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We’re happy to support Breast Cancer Now, and have done for many years by raising money on Pink Friday. Everyone from our upholsterers and machinists, to our office staff took part and dressed up for the occasion. This year, we raised £192.44! It was great to see everyone wearing pink whilst supporting a great cause, and we’ll be doing it again next year, too!

Upholstery Sewing Machinist – A dying profession ?

Forest sofa is proud to be able to provide a commercial and competitive range of upholstered seating solutions with our full range manufactured in Manchester, England.

Whilst proud to employ over 50 local staff, we are challenged by the apparent lack of skilled workers in the field of Upholstery Sewing / Machinist as well as Deep Buttoned Upholsterers.

Upholstery Manufacture in the North of England was a significant contributor to the UK’s Manufacturing output as recently as 20 years ago. Increasingly UK Manufacturers have switched their own production from sites in the UK to the Middle East or Eastern Europe, or have been forced out of Manufacturing all together. Some UK manufacturers have adopted a mix mode approach, offering a limited range from their UK factory, but producing the majority of the range overseas, at the expense of local workings. Workers in Preston were affected significantly in recent years by one well known manufacturer moving it’s production to maintain margin and remain competitive.

Forest Sofa Ltd is pleased to be one of the few UK Manufacturers that are able to grow in this challenging economic climate, and can do so by offering a good quality UK sofa at a fair price. “It’s no about being the cheapest when times are hard, it’s value that families are looking for.” Whilst Forest 2012 sales continue to impress and exceed expectations, the business is challenged in it’s growth by the apparent lack of skilled upholstery workers in the Manchester area. The downturn in local skills in manufacturing in general is as a result of the change in the manufacturing landscape in the UK and the North of England, a consequence of the effects of increased imports.

Chesterfield Sofas are a true British product that requires craft, skill and guile, the traits often past down through families from generation to generation is slowly being eroded through a period of short time working and years of disillusion. Getting skilled staff back into UK manufacturing is a challenge for Forest Sofa, but also many other UK manufacturers attempting to grow their business. The reach and search for the recruitment for the positions of Upholstery Machinist and Deep Buttoned Upholsterers is becoming wider, with adverts currently placed in the Bolton, Bury, Accrington and Macclesfield press.

Agencies propose a solution to the shortage, regrettably however often with workers based outside the UK.