Gallery Direct has been at the heart of the Business Community for over forty years, and is a true Swale success story.
Founded in 1973 as a small, family-run mirror and framing business, Gallery has gone on to become one of Britain’s leading designers, manufacturers and worldwide distributors of furniture, home décor and accessories.
Under the leadership of Managing Director Peter Delaney, Gallery Direct has gone from strength-to-strength. They have continued to expand their portfolio and now offer a wide range of design led products including; furniture, mirrors, mattresses, upholstery, soft furnishings, decorative home accessories and lighting.
Peter spoke about the growth of the business: “We work with a wide range of customers who then sell our furnishings to the general public. These include household names such as John Lewis, Furniture Village and House of Fraser, in addition to over 2,000 independent retailers and interior designers across the UK. We have definitely become ‘the complete home furnishings supplier’ to the retail industry.”
Based on the Eurolink, Gallery Direct now employs over 90 members of staff; including 16 drivers who were recently hired when Gallery introduced its own transport fleet. The concept is to ensure that all products are delivered by ‘Gallery Ambassadors’ whose first and foremost thoughts are total customer satisfaction. This commitment to client service has now gone global, as Gallery Direct supplies products to 16 countries, including America, Canada, Mexico and German, and has recently acquired an Australian distributor to strengthen their global position.
Peter discussed why he felt that Gallery Direct were strong contenders to be named the 2016 Swale Business of the Year: “Starting as a small family business, we are a local Swale company that has grown exponentially into a large nationally recognised supplier of quality furnishing solutions attracting international clients and suppliers from around the world. Throughout all of this, we have maintained our core family values and a team ethos. With the recent introduction of our own delivery infrastructure and the expansion of our warehouse, we have invested heavily in our Swale Headquarters, which has resulted in a fourfold expansion of our workforce – creating many more jobs in the borough.”
Gallery Direct Ltd
Eurolink Commercial Park
01795 439 159