Posted on April 21st, 2017
Luxury fabrics, wallcoverings and accessories firm The Romo Group has been awarded the prestigious honour of the Queens Award for Enterprise.
It received this award for its success in International Trade which has been achieved through excellence in the design and marketing of its range of products through a dedicated international distribution network.
Having previously received the award in 2008, The Romo Group has further developed its existing brands using design and innovation to maximise its sales potential throughout the world.
In addition, it launched three new brands, Zinc Textile and Mark Alexander, in 2010, followed by Black Edition in 2013, all of which are aimed at high-end, international interior designers and consumers.
This significant investment in brands, designs and new products enabled the firm to grow worldwide sales from £58m to £88m between 2010 to 2016.
Exports now represent 72.5% of sales and have increased from £36.5m in 2010 to £63.7m in 2016.
Its global sales network is supported by knowledgeable local staff who either work directly for Romo’s international subsidiaries or for its agents and distributors. These teams are backed up by an enthusiastic, multilingual export team of 20 staff at its Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, head office.
Romo’s largest overseas market, the USA, the company has invested in staff and showrooms, expanding its team from 33 to 66 employees over the past six years.
In addition to its flagship New York and Palm Beach showrooms, new showrooms have been opened in Chicago, Boston, Washington and plans are afoot to soon open another in Atlanta, which together with improved products and new brands has helped deliver growth of 139% in the USA over six years.
Customer satisfaction and employee welfare are at the core of the company’s values and, although much expanded, Romo remains very much a family-run business, dedicated to offering a friendly personal customer service with excellent stock levels, fast processing of orders and reliable transportation partners for speedy deliveries worldwide.
The future for Romo is one of excitement and innovation. The company is expanding its flagship London showroom, in the Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, and developing a new Head Office in Nottinghamshire.
When complete in 2018, Romo’s new headquarters will be architecturally outstanding and will house dedicated export sales and administration departments together with design studios and show spaces.
Adjoined by a state of the art automated warehouse, storing over 250,000 rolls of fabric and wallcoverings, the whole complex will include updated facilities to provide staff with the best possible working environment as Romo looks optimistically forward to the challenges of the future.
“The Romo Group is proud to accept this accolade and is especially grateful to our staff and also appreciative of our customers and suppliers worldwide who have all played their part in helping Romo achieve this wonderful award,” said a statement from the company.