Industry hotshots turned out in force earlier this month at the annual clay pigeon shoot fundraiser Big Shots and helped raise around £23,000 for The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity. 

The annual fundraiser, which is now in its 23rd year, was once again held at E.J. Churchill Shooting Ground in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire on Thursday 8th June. 

33 teams, made up of representatives from across the furnishing industry, took part in this year’s fundraiser. Attendees delighted in a day of traditional clay pigeon shooting as well as some novelty stands, including axe throwing, paintballing marksmanship and, everyone’s favourite, the blunderbuss. 

The Furniture Makers’ Company would like to thank main sponsors Furniture Village as well as the other companies that kindly supported Big Shots through sponsorship or a donation to the auction and raffle: Amazing Venues, BrightHouse, Cabinet Maker, Cheffins, The Clare Family Trust, Colourfast, Creo, Celtheath, Davy’s of London, Fare of London, J H Haskin & Son Ltd, Knoll, Peroda and ViSpring. 

Dr Tony Smart MBE, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “Big Shots continues to be a highlight in the calendar and we are incredibly grateful for the support of major sponsor and organiser Furniture Village and all of the other companies for their generosity. It is through fundraisers like Big Shots that The Furniture Makers’ Company can achieve its aims of educating young talent for the future, driving excellence and helping people who have fallen on tough times.” 

Charlie Harrison, director of multichannel at Furniture Village and organiser of the event, says: “Big Shots 2017 was a fantastic day which saw industry leaders come together for a wonderful day of shooting and networking. I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who attended and helped make Big Shots a success once again. Big Shots continues to be one of the furnishing industry’s favourite networking days, while also raising vital funds for our industry’s charity.”

Full results of the competition were: 

- Top Gun (Male): Paul Wiseman of Headlam Flooring Group 

- Top Gun (Female): Emily Nickless of Sofa Brands International 

- Top Gun (Novice): Ross Riley of TMWi 

- Top Team: Headlam Flooring Group 

- Runner Up Team: Haskins Hot Shots (Haskins Retail Centre) 

- Bottom Team: Handy Hotshots 

- Four Man Flurry: Haskins Hot Shots (Haskins Retail Centre) 

- Worst Male Shot of the Day: Paul Roe of Knoll 

Next year’s Big Shots will take place on Wednesday 6 June 2018