The Furniture Industry Research Association has confirmed Lebus Upholstery as the latest company and first independent manufacturer to gain certified status under its Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture.

Lincolnshire-based Lebus, one of the UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of sofas, suites and corner units, passed a comprehensive audit to become a Certified Company under the scheme.

The audit demonstrated that Lebus has robust processes and procedures in place to demonstrate due diligence compliance with the UK's Furniture & Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations (FFFSR). This included checking process management systems, control of materials, traceability, compliance testing, labelling and crisis management.

John Brewster, operations director at Lebus Upholstery, says: “At Lebus we’ve always placed a very strong emphasis on safety, and through our Certified Company status we’re able to demonstrate this further through this independent verification. Retailers will be reassured that our processes and procedures relating to flammability are vigorous, which in the long term benefits their consumers.

“The audit itself was very thorough and it gave the opportunity for many colleagues from across the business to work together with the aim of satisfying all the elements which we had to display. It also gave us the opportunity to be confident that we are meeting the requirements of the FFFSR.”