Interior design business resumes growth as lockdown eases

Experienced installations manager Ian Dickinson is the latest new recruit to join Richard Grafton Interiors, in Wetherby.

The business is also now being able to celebrate the opening of its new £500,000 showroom in town, as restrictions on non-essential stores are eased.

It already has established showrooms in Harrogate and Ilkley, which now have social distancing and hygiene measures in place in compliance with the latest Government guidance.

In Wetherby, the interiors, architecture and design business has invested in the complete refurbishment and development of a Georgian building on the High Street to house its latest showroom.

The prominent property had fallen into disrepair and the redevelopment was carried out over six months.

Dickinson joins Richard Grafton Interiors’ Wetherby team, led by Donna Schofield who will manage the 1,700 sq ft showroom.

He has more than 25 years’ experience as a fittings and installations expert in soft furnishings, having worked for both James Brindley and, latterly, for Furnish & Fettle in Wetherby.

Managing director, Richard Grafton, said: “While it’s been frustrating not to be able to open our doors earlier in the spring as planned, our priority is, of course, the health and safety of our customers and staff.

“We are pleased to be able to welcome customers once more, safe in the knowledge that we have the appropriate hygiene and social distancing measures in place at all three of our showrooms.

“Ian is a great addition to our Wetherby team, working alongside Donna, who is a very well-known interior designer locally, with a strong following in Wetherby.

“As Ian and Donna have also worked together previously, it’s a perfect fit.

“We’re really proud to have restored this prominent Georgian building to its former glory. We are confident the combination of stunning room sets showcasing an inspiring range of installations and design-led products, together with an enthusiastic, knowledgeable team will be a winning formula.”