A new four-part webinar series, hosted by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, will draw together some of the sector’s leading minds to explore the hot button issues affecting the industry.

The ‘Innovation in times of crisis’ series will commence on Thursday 18th February and run weekly up until 11th March 2021.

The webinars, which will be broadcast for free on Zoom, will focus on four different topics – manufacturing, trade bodies & Government, interior design/designer-makers, and retail – with each episode featuring a guest panel of high-profile, expert speakers, who will provide their insight on themes affecting each sector.

Each episode will run for 30-60 minutes and will culminate with a live Q&A, providing attendees with an opportunity to question members of that week’s panel.

The overview for each episode is as follows:

Innovation in manufacturing, 11am, 18th February: Chaired by Peter Holland of Linear Structure, a panel of directors from some of the UK’s leading domestic, contract and office furnishing manufacturers will discuss diversity in manufacturing to beat Covid-19, recovery strategies and the significance of circular manufacturing. Register here.

Sector survival strategies, 11am, 24th February: Chaired by British Furniture Confederation chairman Jonathan Hindle, a panel of trade association heads and Mike Wood, MP, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Furniture & Furnishings, will discuss how to get industry-specific Government airtime on key UK policy and future trade discussions, engaging with the APPG, and life after Brexit. Register here.

Preservation through education, 11am, 4th March: Chaired by Daniel Hopwood, a panel of experts representing the interior design and design sector will discuss the skills and training requirements needed to survive, usage of marks of accreditation and connectivity with lone, micro and SME interior designers/designer-makers at grassroots. Register here.

Opportunities for furnishing retailers, 11am, 11th March: Chaired by Peter Holland of Linear Structure, a panel of leaders from household-name furnishing retailers will discuss retail in the online age, how to entice the consumer back into stores, effective leadership in a crisis, and more. Register here.

David Woodward, master of The Furniture Makers’ Company, says: “Drawing from some of our industry’s leading minds, we hope this series of informative webinars will inspire individuals and businesses working through an incredibly testing time and provide insight on how to handle a crisis and offer practical tips that attendees can implement within their own business, no matter the size.”