EME Furniture Trebles Size of Sanquhar Plant

Educational furniture manufacturer invests £3m in new Dumfries & Galloway facility

Leading Scottish educational furniture manufacturer, EME Furniture, has invested £3m in the significant expansion of its operations at its Sanquhar home in Dumfries & Galloway. Now part of British Thornton, the UK’s largest group of educational furniture manufacturers, EME Furniture has substantially increased its manufacturing capacity through facilitating a move to larger premises, employing a significant number of new staff and investing in high-tech machinery.

Previously housed in two separate buildings totalling 35,000 square feet, the EME Furniture factory has moved to a single building of 115,000 square feet, trebling the floor space of its manufacturing facility.

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Non-Executive Directors Appointed to Support National Growth

EME and British Thornton integrated with Claughton Office Equipment Ltd (t/a Claughtons) in September 2015 creating a £30m group, and becoming the biggest educational furniture supplier in the UK. The group has now strengthened its board through the appointment of two manufacturing gurus as non-executive directors.

Paul Rose, former Chief Executive of Yorkshire-based kitchen manufacturer Rixonway Kitchens, and Michael Bridge, former EMEA Sales and Marketing Director at international packaging business, Sonoco, have been appointed in an advisory capacity, in an effort to contribute to, and further stimulate, the groups impressive growth.

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Union Creates £30M Turnover Business Set On Revolutionising Sector & Growing Market Share

Three of the UK’s leading educational furniture manufacturers, British Thornton ESF Ltd, EME Furniture Limited and Claughton Office Equipment Ltd (t/a Claughtons) have announced a deal to integrate the businesses to become the biggest educational furniture supplier in the UK, with the aim of increasing combined revenues from £26m to £30m in the next 12 months.

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Celebrating 50 Years of EME Furniture

EME Furniture is celebrating 50 years of manufacturing at their factory at Blackaddie Road, Sanquhar.

A lot has changed in education since EME was established in 1965. Technology has advanced, school buildings have changed and the curriculum and teaching methods have evolved. EME have adapted and expanded their product offering over the years to meet the changing requirements in education and continue to produce the highest quality furniture with the best possible service.

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EME supplier to Cumbria County Council Schools

EME Furniture have been successful in being selected as a preferred supplier on the Cumbria County Council framework, Supply, Delivery and Installation of Furniture.

The contract is effective from 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2017 and as well as the supply of furniture, EME also offers a free consultancy and space planning service to Cumbria schools.

If you would like more information about the contract, or to find out if you are eligible to receive the contract rates, please contact us.

St Stephen’s & St Bartholomew’s Primaries

EME Furniture was selected by North Tyneside Council, through the NEPO framework, as furniture supplier for a new build school to house two existing primary schools.

St Stephen’s RC Primary and St Bartholomew’s C of E Primaries now form two wings of the fantastic new school building in Longbenton, Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Multi-functional furniture and items that could be moved around to create different layouts were selected to meet the brief for flexible spaces.  Both schools selected similar furniture but kept their own identities with differing colour schemes. A complementary scheme to both schools was chosen for shared areas.

See more photographs of the new schools in our case study here.

EME Furniture for Kellett School, Hong Kong

EME Furniture were delighted to be involved in supplying furniture to Kellett School, the British International School in Hong Kong.

Kellet provides a high quality British style education for the English speaking community in Hong Kong and is based over 2 campuses; the preparatory school at Pok Fu Lam campus and the new preparatory and senior campus recently completed at Kowloon Bay.

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New Online Shop

EME are delighted to launch our new online shop.

You can now browse our products and place your order online.

Shop our Educational product range here and our Trudy range for Primary and Nursery here.

We will be adding products and updating regularly as well as advertising any special offers so check back often to see what’s new.

We hope you find everything you need in our shop, however if you need any assistance please contact us on 01659 504040.

New catalogue from EME Furniture

2013 Catalogue coverThe new 2013 furniture catalogue from EME is now available, with more products than ever before to offer a complete furniture solution for your learning environment.

This year we are delighted to introduce Nevis, a fresh new storage range with a wide selection of products and a choice of colour options. In addition to standard storage units we have added new innovative products to make the most of your space including a Teacher’s lectern, a flexible alternative to a desk, multi-functional Whiteboard and tray units and our Nevis storage wall, a modular system which creates a bespoke teaching wall, without the bespoke price tag. read more

New Trudy School Furniture Catalogue

Trudy 2013 CoverEME Furniture are pleased to launch the new 2013 Trudy Catalogue.

Trudy was developed in 2008 as a range of school furniture specifically for primaries. Each item has been designed in consultation with teachers and education experts to create products that are practical, flexible and attractive.

New for 2013 is a range of early years products so your Nursery and Reception classes can now be co-ordinated with the rest of the school. read more