Company expands to new premises

Bazaar Group creative director Jayne Dolder and managing director Mark Dolder in the Design and Development department at the Bazaar Group. Picture by Colin Thompson.
Bazaar Group creative director Jayne Dolder and managing director Mark Dolder in the Design and Development department at the Bazaar Group. Picture by Colin Thompson.

A leading soft furnishing specialist is getting comfortable in its new surroundings as part of its growth plans.

Bazaar Group, which recently celebrated its tenth year, has moved into a 41,000sq ft space in Cramlington – almost three times the size of its previous premises.

And the family-run designer-manufacturer and retailer is looking to double staff numbers to more than 100 as part of a five-year growth plan.

The move has seen £500,000 invested into improving the quality of the workspace, increasing efficiency of operations and enhancing manufacturing capability.

New facilities planned for the improved headquarters include a factory shop and showroom, an open-plan marketing and product design department, photography studio, spacious canteen area and a 30,000sq ft warehouse.

Bazaar Group managing director Mark Dolder said: “As a team that has always operated under a shared culture of ‘small company, big thinking’, we have some ambitious long-term goals that require new and improved facilities in order to be achieved.

“We want to become a process driven business, limiting waste and maximising efficiency and productivity.”

Creative director Jayne Dolder added: “We also want our consumer brands to become household names that the British public are proud to have in their homes. This means improving our facilities and operations to ensure we can provide the best customer service, product quality and design innovation.”

“Our new factory shop and showroom will provide the perfect space to showcase the latest product developments amongst interior trend-led settings. We have also rebranded our corporate identity to reflect our capabilities and ambitions.

“Finally, we want to become an employer of choice that recruits and develops outstanding people.

“We already have a brilliant team of talented individuals and we have drawn on their ideas to create a state-of-the-art workspace that you would expect of a forward thinking and fun business.

“This means bean bag brainstorming areas, creative displays of our corporate values and colourful social areas for break times, designed to encourage interactions between departments.

Mark said: “We hope our pioneering new headquarters will inspire our existing staff as well as attract up and coming talent from across the country to want to join our team.

“Ultimately, we want to build our presence as an employer in the region and nationally, to attract and retain skills and talent in the north east.”