Upholstery manufacturer Whitemeadow is helping inspire the next generation of designers and furniture makers by supporting a campaign organised by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the furnishing industry’s charity.

The company is sponsoring eight schools within the Nottinghamshire area, where the company was founded and is still based today.

Launched in 2014, the School Design Prize raises awareness of the furnishing industry among schoolchildren by rewarding them for their design and technology coursework.

Every year, The Furniture Makers’ Company asks companies and individuals to sponsor copies of a design textbook which are then posted to schools around the country for design and technology teachers to present to their most outstanding student.

The prize is a certificate and a copy of Design of the 20th Century by Charlotte and Peter Fiell, published by Taschen.

Dr Tony Smart MBE, Master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “We are immensely grateful to Whitemeadow for their support of our School Design Prize campaign. The long-term prosperity of the furnishing industry depends on us attracting young people to pursue a career in this creative, vibrant sector. The award is something that the winning student should be very proud of.”

Ian Oscroft, MD at Whitemeadow, comments: “It is absolutely key for our industry that we focus on developing the next generation of designers and we are keen therefore to support this initiative within our local area.”