Ministry of Furniture realigns corporate branding and structure

Ministry of Furniture, the company spun off from Remploy Furniture in 2014, has realigned its branding, corporate structure and board composition as it prepares for a new phase of growth and diversification in line with its values ​​and its objectives as a company.

The company established a holding company, Ministry Group, which also acquired 100% of Sign and Print Systems, previously a separate limited company operating as Ministry Graphics in which it held a 75% stake.

This was renamed Ministry of Furniture-Graphics, and Matthew Anderson, previously a shareholder of Sign and Print Systems, became a shareholder of Ministry Group, creating a four-member board of directors.

Other brands now aligned under the Ministry Group holding company are: Ministry of Furniture—Education; Ministry of Furniture — Workplace; Ministry of Furniture—Leisure; and people from the ministry.

The Ministry Group Board of Directors will now include: Graham Hirst, Managing Director; Bobby Lee, Chief Financial Officer; Beverley Parker, Chief Operating Officer; and Matthew Anderson, creative director.

The company has also decided to realign and streamline its workflow by creating a print and design center of excellence, which will integrate the culture and practices of its two sites: at Baglan Energy Park, near Swansea, and at Ystalyfera in the Swansea Valley.

The new center, managed by Anderson, will allow designers and engineers to work side-by-side as one team to develop new cutting-edge graphics solutions for customers by leveraging skills, expertise and range of materials available to the company.

It is also exploring the possibility of developing a new site for the hub near the company’s headquarters at Baglan Energy Park and is in talks with the Welsh Government on a range of available possibilities.

Graham Hirst, Chief Executive of the Ministry of Furniture, said: “This realignment and consolidation of the brands is an important step for us as it brings together two distinct parts of the business under one clear umbrella in terms of ownership, management and of culture.

“We have always thought that the graphic business was a natural complement to what we do and now we want to take this thinking to the next level by creating a center of excellence in printing and design, able to bring together the different forms of expertise we have and create unique, bespoke solutions for our clients across the UK.

“We have successfully adjusted and refocused our offering and products to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19, while ensuring we are part of the solution. We have developed a new range of personal protective equipment and products to protect individuals. If this offer remains dynamic, this realignment again opens a new chapter for the company.

“I am also delighted to welcome Matthew to the Ministry Group Board of Directors. Matthew is a dynamic young man who will complement the skills of other directors and also represent the start of a new generation of talent, giving the company the direction and energy to reach new heights of success.

“We have always been proud of our corporate culture and our philosophy of putting social goals at the heart of the business. I know this is something Matthew is also passionate about and will help the company continue its commitment to supporting local communities in this vein.