50 (January 2017)
| Oliver Spark (Managing Director)|
Multiyork Furniture Website
Multiyork is a British furniture retailer based in Thetford, Norfolk. The company employs over 660 people across the United Kingdom and over 300 at its factory and head office in Thetford, where it is a major business.
Multiyork is a member of the Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers and carries the Manufacturing Guild Mark.
Multiyork was founded in 1978 and initially operated in the Old Mill site in Mellis, a small village in Suffolk.
Multiyork was purchased by the Wade Furniture Group in February 1995. At that time there were 28 stores.
The factory and Head Office have been based at Thetford in Norfolk since 1992 and in 2000 Multiyork expanded its site increasing factory capacity to the production of over 1,000 pieces of furniture a week.
Multiyork's 60th store opened in Lakeside Retail Park in Thurrock in October 2008 and was the first to follow a new lifestyle led in-store format.
All Multiyork sofas are made at its Thetford factory and Buoyant Upholstery Limited in Nelson,Lancs. The company employs a team of 60 seamstresses who stitch the upholstery fabrics. Multiyork operates a sewing apprenticeship school to ensure that these skills are passed down from one generation to the next and to preserve the craft within the local region. Not only do Multiyork use their own fabrics but also offer designer fabrics such as Mulberry, Designers Guild, Arthur Sanderson, Romo and Jane Churchill.
Multiyork’s Factory outlet is run out of its original site in Mellis. The 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) store has over 4,000 sq ft (370 m2) dedicated to clearance stock, including ex display and end of line stock, as well as cancelled customer orders and customer returns.
In 2009 Multiyork raised £25,000 for BBC Children in Need. The company’s in-house design team created six limited edition Pudsey sofas, five of which toured its stores and travelled a total of 3,000 miles (4,800 km) between them to raise funds.
The sofas, which incorporated Pudsey Bear and the ‘We’re Supporting BBC Children in Need’ banner, were also featured on BBC1 on the appeals night programme and were auctioned off through the BBC’s Children in Need eBay auction to raise further cash.