Warings Furniture has signed a £4m contract with the UK’s largest hospitality company, Whitbread, to design and supply furniture for part of its coffee shop, restaurant and hotel outlets over the next two years.
The major deal will see Warings Furniture provide all internal and external furniture pieces for more than 2400 sites across the Whitbread portfolio, including Costa Coffee, Premier Inn, Brewers Fayre, TableTable, Kitchen, Beefeater and Thyme.
Work started at the Warings Furniture’s Norfolk headquarters and manufacturing base in September. Since then, the company has delivered to more than 100 sites, with hundreds more to follow as part of Whitbread’s new openings and refurbishment programme.
Paul Barber, buying director at Costa, claims that Warings Furniture’s ability to develop new ideas and concepts for different briefs and to supply in quantity for a portfolio of brands were essential factors in the company winning the contract.
The contract with Whitbread is Warings Furniture’s largest single contract win to date. It comes during a year of significant investment in the business including new warehousing, software system upgrades and recruiting in excess of 30 new staff across all departments.
Graham Waring says: “This is a massive contract for us and we’ve worked hard over the past two years to win Whitbread’s business. It is testament to the quality of our people and products, our excellent 30-year track record in the hospitality sector and our ability to provide an exceptionally high level of product and service.”
The Whitbread contract complements Warings Furniture’s client portfolio of prestigious brands such as Pizza Express, Prêt A Manger, JD Wetherspoon, Jamie’s Italian, Union Jacks, Revolution Bars and Travelodge.
Rachael Waring adds: “We love working with companies we respect and have had Whitbread in our sights for some time. It has excellent brands, provides great customer experiences and is a hugely successful business.”