OUR SUSTAINABLE APPROACH

OUR APPROACH

Our responsible approach:

William Hands is an established and responsible UK manufacturer. For the past decade and a half we have led our industries progression towards a sustainable and environmentally harmonious future.

As a respected and active member of the British furniture industry we have championed environmental and sustainability best practices with enthusiasm and vigour for many years becoming one of the first furniture companies in the UK to be accredited to FSC (since 2002), ISO 14001 Environmental Accreditation (2003) and FISP (since 2007).

Our care and concern for the environment is woven into the fabric of our company’s DNA and forms a huge part of every decision we make. We are committed to constantly finding new ways to improve efficiency, sustainability and innovative new ways to safe guard the environment.

From logistics, to product development to servicing the market, the William Hands team is proud to be at the forefront of sustainability and environmental protection.

 

Our technical approach:

We believe there are three ways we assist our clients in realising their aspirations of furniture pieces that inspire. In each instance, the same care, pride and meticulous attention to detail goes into their creation.

1. Pre-defined collections We have created a huge amount of resources for each of our ranges, allowing our client and/or specifiers to select their ideal configuration and order directly from one of our many specification price guides. Simple and efficient.

2. A tailored solution The most common approach customers take is to engage with the William Hands team and we will help you to create unique solution perfectly tailored to suit you individual/team requirements. Utilising our pre-defined collections as a starting point, we offer the ability to cross pollinate products, alter dimensions, add additional features – allowing our clients to employ their preferred finishes and materials to create a solution without compromise.

3. Bespoke Our reputation for being able to offer a bespoke service is well known. With a design and engineering resource and dynamic team of highly skilled craftspeople, we have the ability to engage with any client looking to commission a truly one off piece or collection of furniture. Working closely with architects and designers, we pride ourselves in offering a consultative service to optimise and engineer any concept, turning the most creative visions into beautiful reality.

For further advice on how the William Hands team can assist you, please contact a member of the team who will be more than happy to help: hello@WilliamHands.com

NEW WAYS OF WORKING

At William Hands, firm foundations have been built on intelligent design coupled with expert craftsmanship; a sound base for developing innovative solutions. With the relentless advance of new technologies and the consequent emergence of new trends comes the ever present need to understand and develop dynamic furniture systems that promote new ways of working.

WILLIAM HANDS CRAFTSMANSHIP

It’s no secret that everything William Hands produce stands for high quality. We have a hard-earned reputation for creating beautiful statement pieces designed to inspire. Our hand-made furniture collections are often commissioned by the most discerning customers with an eye for detail and an expectation of bespoke tailoring. That’s why our furniture is a status symbol, an extension of our client’s personality, designed and detailed to evoke a feeling of pride and empowerment while perfectly fulfilling their exact needs.

ABOUT US

Williams Hands is an established British designer and manufacturer of high quality, dynamic commercial furniture for the workplace. We employ a passionate, dedicated team of designers, craftsmen and client facing individuals, committed to producing sustainable furniture that delivers incredible value and is made to exceed client expectation. Innovative design, premium quality craftsmanship and sustainability. For over 110 years William Hands’ core values have delivered furniture that inspires. Our desire and unique ability to help our clients realise their aspirations of a perfectly tailored furniture solution, is what sets William Hands apart.

Meet The Team

We never underestimate the power of a beautiful piece of furniture. It changes the atmosphere of an entire room. It defines entire spaces. It empowers people. Meet the team who will take your concept through to reality.

Robert Hamilton
Robin Veale
Jeanette George
Richard Bambrough
Richard Bambrough Read more Business Manager Richard.Bambrough@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)7730 332004
Paul Reilly
Paul Reilly Read more International Consultant Paul.Reilly@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)7812 147570
Nicky Raine
Nicky Raine Read more Team Leader - Client Support Nicky.Raine@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)1494 896120
Samantha Rolfe
Samantha Rolfe Read more Customer Services / Sales Administrator Samantha.Rolfe@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)1494 524222
Tom Rawlings
Debbie Browne
Debbie Browne Read more Head of Production Debbie.Browne@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)1494 896113
Robert Smith
Robert Smith Read more Production Manager Robert.Smith@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)1494 524222
Neil Martin
Neil Martin Read more Head of Finance & Administration Neil.Martin@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)1494 896138
Oliver Anderson
Oliver Anderson Read more Logistics Manager Oliver.Anderson@WilliamHands.com T:+44 (0)1494 896122
Andrew Childs
Andrew Childs Read more CNC Team Leader AndrewC@WilliamHands.com

Certification

William Hands is certified by a number of the leading trade associations, the UK government’s procurement agency and have many client recommendation statements some of which are listed below. To view our certification and polices, please visit our download page for further information.  

FSC® – *Please see separate FSC documents for more detailed information* The FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) is an international, non-governmental organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world’s forests. It was founded in 1993 in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood-labeling scheme. There are national working groups in 28 countries including the UK. FSC UK is a registered charity. It is supported by NGOs including WWF, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and the Woodland Trust.
BFM The BFM (British Furniture Manufacturers) is a trade association, employers’ organisation and consortia member of The Furniture, Furnishings & Interior Training Organisation (FFINTO). BFM has been representing the interests of the furniture industry for more than 50 years. BFM has a broad based membership covering, domestic, contract, office and kitchen manufacturers as well as a number of suppliers to the industry and retailers.
BM Trada / ISO 14001 and 9001 BM Trada provides a framework for the development of an environmental management system and have awarded Hands for both 14001 and also 9001 for quality management system.
 
 
FIRA The Furniture Industry Research Association has tested and successfully certified much of the HANDS product range for strength, stability and surface resistance.
FISP The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP) has quickly become established as the trade’s premier forum on environmental and quality matters. A membership organisation, FISP was formed following suggestions from the then Government Department of the DTI and DEFRA. With governmental furniture procurement amounting to £1.4 billion a year, furniture trade associations were asked why there was no industry body devoted to matters such as sustainability, environmental management and chain of custody, like similar organisations in other industries.
 
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