The Furniture Industry Research Association held its 23rd annual reception at the House of Lords last night, with baroness Warsi hosting for a third year running.

Over 250 delegates from across the furniture industry attended the event, which also offered behind-the-scenes tours of the Houses of Parliament.

Jonathan Hindle, a council member of the Furniture Industry Research Association, oversaw proceedings during the evening. He says: “It was a great pleasure to be asked to host the 23rd reception at the House of Lords. It’s a very iconic venue which hosts such a key event in the furniture industry’s calendar, and I know first-hand that the event is a highlight for many of our guests.

"On behalf of everyone who attended I would like to extend our thanks to baroness Warsi for hosting us. Without her support we would not have such a great platform to come together and celebrate all that our sector brings and highlight the importance of our industry.”

A key element of the reception is acknowledging the achievements of many organisations from across the furniture supply chain which attained compliance or certification, or demonstrated sustainability or ergonomics excellence.

These included: ACL 2002, Alstons Upholstery, Mobus Fabrics, Westbridge Furniture Design and Whitemeadow Furniture (FIRA Compliance Scheme for the Fire Performance of Upholstered Furniture); BA Components, Claremont Centre, Recticel, Salice and Sylmar Technology (FIRA Gold Product Certification); BakkerElkhuizen, Ergonomic Café, Fellowes, Herman Miller, Humanscale and SBFI (FIRA Ergonomics Excellence Award); and Atmosphere, HMY, Verco Office Furniture and Wren Kitchens (Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP)).