MEETING & CONFERENCE 6. Do you require variation?

Banquet chairs aren’t the only option when it comes to seating for conferences. For smaller spaces, why not go for something slightly quirkier? We’ve recently launched the SmartQube, which is an adaptable seating solution with in-built USB ports and optional contactless charging. To encourage visitor interaction and promote comfort, this contemporary and flexible product might just be the best option.

“Don’t be afraid to shop around for the best price and the maximum quality.”

7. Are you keen your supplier is UK based?

British manufacturing has a reputation for high quality and skilled craftsmanship, built over hundreds of years. Therefore, when it comes to specifying furniture for your next event, the best solution might be right on your doorstep.

8. Do you require a bespoke solution?

or excessive physical strain. We even offer chair trolleys to make the process even easier.

4. Is the furniture easy to maintain?

Buying furniture is an expenditure that requires long- term gain. Rather than replace your chairs every couple of years, you’ll be looking to invest in something that will wear well without appearing shabby. You might want to choose a solution without a fabric covering, or perhaps select a darker colour palette. At Burgess we offer the highest quality finishes to guarantee great value. With clients from the Hilton, Prague, to The Langham, London, we understand the importance of choosing a product to last.

“British manufacturing has a

reputation for high quality and skilled craftsmanship, built over hundreds of years.”

5. Will you also require tables?

Will you require a space for your guests to take notes or perhaps dine? Selecting the right tables will also require careful thought. Do you need a surface that is scratch resistant? Should it be easy to clean? Should the table be foldable to lie flat? In addition to a wide range of chairs, Burgess also offers options for tables. From the Flip- Top meeting table to the brand new Meet-U meeting table system, which enables agile working, there are all manner of solutions available on the market to meet your individual needs.

Every client is different, with its own set of requirements. Perhaps the solution you’re seeking isn’t currently on the market. If there are several key specifications in your brief that are unique to your company alone, you might have to look outside the box. Many companies encourage an open dialogue with their customers to discuss building the best option for them. Have a certain colour scheme to adhere to? Need a specific shape of frame to fit existing furniture? Favour a certain material over others? No problem. Often the best results come from collaboration.

9. Do you have a strict budget?

Furniture doesn’t have to cost the earth. If you’ve been tasked with specifying chairs or tables, you’ll most likely have a certain budget to work with. In order to get the most for your money, ask your chosen manufacturer if they offer any loyalty discounts for buying in bulk. Do they provide a guarantee? And how much time does this cover? Don’t be afraid to shop around for the best price and the maximum quality. Find out how long the company has been established, and check out its case studies. Are its clients happy? This will provide a solid overview of its capabilities while giving you the reassurance that your own pennies are being well spent.

10.Does your chosen furniture meet the relevant rules and regulations?

When specifying any kind of furniture it’s important that all safety regulations are met. Check with your supplier to ensure fire hazard precautions have been carried out and if in doubt, always ask. TOMORROW’S FM | 43

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