Officio Furniture celebrates big contracts in first year of trading

A Hull office furniture supply firm is celebrating its first year in business with a string of big-name contract wins.
Russ Dale, founder of Officio Furniture.

A Hull office furniture supply firm is celebrating its first year in business with a string of big-name contract wins.

Officio Furniture, based on Hawthorne Avenue, west Hull, was set up by Russ Dale in 2014, yet despite only trading for one year it has already landed contracts with well-known local companies the John Good Group and J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd.

Having worked for more than 20 years in the furniture industry Mr Dale has built an extensive contacts book meaning his company can provide a selection of top brands normally unavailable to such a young company.

It is this, along with the interior design concepts and fit out services Officio Furniture supplies, that has enabled him to win such prestigious contracts so early on, Mr Dale said.

He said:

I started Officio Furniture last year and it has just grown and grown. A lot of people know me because I have worked in the industry for so long, at different companies, and as a result they have followed me wherever I have gone.

But even I am surprised to be celebrating my first year in business with the contract wins I’ve had. I have worked with some really well-known local names among them, companies you may have expected to go to bigger and more established suppliers. However I have a lot of industry contacts that I have built up over my career and that means I can supply a range of brands other companies are not able to do, so I know I can get just the right pieces of furniture to suit the client.

Officio Furniture won its first big contract with the John Good Group, when the company relocated to Bridgehead, in Hessle.

Alan Platt, managing director of the John Good Group, said getting the furniture right for the new office had been very important and he was impressed by the range Officio Furniture offered.

He said:

After investing heavily in a professional environment it was important that the office furniture matched the exterior and interior design of the building. Officio provided us with just that which enabled us to tailor our office look and feel to the exact match we were looking for.

The quality of the furniture is of a very high standard and Russ helped us to match our corporate colours with the three different businesses in the new building. That was important because it enabled each company to keep their identity while maintaining a recurring theme throughout the new building.

Officio Furniture also supplied new furniture for the refurbished headquarters of J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd, part of Andrew Marr International Limited, on Livingstone Road, Hessle.

Michael Moore, managing director of J Marr (Seafoods) Ltd, said:

The professionalism and ‘can do’ attitude from Officio Furniture has made it a pleasure to work with them. Their ability to keep to schedule and the willingness to make changes as we have gone along has been much appreciated and we look forward to continuing this working relationship during the next phases of the refurbishment, to completion of works.

Officio Furniture works regionally and nationally across all business and corporate markets and can supply office furniture ranging from single workstations, seating, storage and partitions through multiple site workplace upgrades and fit-outs, as well as temporary furniture and secondary markets.