15 January 2017
Well a belated Happy, Healthy & Prosperous New Year to all our customers. Trading-wise, M&P experienced the usual rush of business right up until the Christmas holiday, but we managed to fulfil all our customers' orders in a timely and efficient manner.
During 2016, we saw our sales increase substantially as we grew our customer base and existing customers increased their activities, and we are hoping to emulate that performance during 2017. We are obviously looking to grow our chairs business, but customers are also continuing to show an increasing interest in our Table, Bench Seat, Dresser and Sideboard offerings, so we also expect to see areas of growth with those products.
2017 has been relatively quiet so far, but that's not uncommon for the early weeks of a new year. However, we are using the available time to prepare for the January Furniture Show (JFS) which will be held at the NEC Birmingham from 22-25 January inclusive. Last year our JFS "Contacts Book" showed that over 130 parties visited our stand and showed positive interest in our products - and many placed orders - and we certainly hope to beat that number this year. Inventory-wise, we were receiving deliveries right up until mid December so we are currently very well placed with good stocks in readiness for the JFS and follow-on orders. We are also planning to run a couple of JFS special offers.