Interview with Jeremy
Jeremy Burgess - Managing Director
Jeremy, can you recall your first day at Burgess Furniture?
There was never a first day as such. When I was 15 years old, I started working in the factory during the summer. I worked in assembly, the machine shop and upholstery, I also once drove a truck down to Switzerland to deliver furniture to one of our customers. I think that understanding fully the products you sell is extremely important. On the 2nd September 1977, I began working for Burgess full time as a role within export became vacant.
What has been your most memorable time at Burgess?
In the 80’s one of my most fondest memories was the Far East market. At the time we gained 4 out of 5 of the biggest hotels in Singapore. Our biggest order was placed at that time for 4500 chairs. It was a proud moment and the fact that they are still customers of ours today is credit to our business.
During the mid-90’s our partnership with MTS was a successful step forward and something we have never regretted. In the 2000’s I bought back shares from Five Arrows returning Burgess Furniture to 100% family ownership (which is still the case today). More recently in 2009, Burgess Furniture celebrated its 50thbirthday and won the Queen awards (for Enterprise International Trade) and that was another proud moment.
Over the last 60 years, I’m sure there have been a lot of proud moments, what stands out for you?
Still being here today is incredible. Burgess has succeeded in a tough marketplace and is employing so many great people, sometimes fathers to sons. 17 of our employees have been with us over 25yrs and our longest servicing employee, Terry Summers, has been with us for 42yrs. Continuing loyalty to Burgess certainly makes me proud.
What would you like the future to hold for Burgess?
Continuing to thrive in the hospitality industry above all and of course, accomplishing our 3-year growth plan. We have ambitious goals for the future and a highly capable team in place to deliver them, I’m excited to see what we will achieve.