Belle Maison furniture raises £650,000

Fine furniture manufacturer Belle Maison has received £650,000 of funding so that it can keep up with demand for its goods.

The St Helens-based company, founded by husband and wife team Mark Essex and Rebecca Dale-Essex, produces Swedish, Gustavian and French furniture.

Its goods are distributed across the UK and Ireland through a home delivery service and are also stocked in high profile stores such as Harrods.

The company employs 15 staff and turnover this year is expected to reach £1.2m.

The finance package included a £100,000 loan from the Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF), the rest came through the directors’ own investment and factoring.

Mark Essex said: “We have seen a huge increase in orders recently, particularly with the introduction of the web-based direct sales side to the business.

“To enable us to keep up with demand for our product we need to upgrade our production facility.

“The money from MSIF means we can buy new state-of-the-art machinery that will allow us to manufacture more quickly and bring out new lines.”

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