Barker & Stonehouse is the UK’s largest independent utility furniture house. The company was founded by Charles Barker and Alex Stonehouse, hence its name. The first store was opened in 1946 in Bishopton Lane, Stockton. Barker & Stonehouse has nationwide network of fine furniture and interior stores. Till date it has expanded itself to nine stores in total situated inNewcastle upon Tyne, Gateshead, Darlington, Knaresborough, Hull, Leeds, Nottingham, Batterseaand Stockton. In late 1946, the store was joined by Charles’s brother, Frank Barker and another new store was opened in Newport Road. By 1960 Richard Barker and Charles Barker’s son joined the company. Richard Barker was chairman of the company. Richard Marker with his efforts and skills took over the shares of Frank Barker and Alex Stonehouse which ultimately made him the Managing Director of the company. The company started with one store and by 1979 the third store was being opened in Bishop Auckland. Further a region’s biggest retail store was opened in 1982 in north region in Newcastle Tyne. Like this the Barker & Stonehouse brand grew like anything.
James in 1991 came up with his business ideas for the further growth of the company. He in collaboration with Saatchi & Saatchi (advertising company) brought a new phase to the company by starting its advertising and marketing. This effort promoted the Company’s name and brought a new dimension to the company. With his skills and contribution a slogan for the company was born ‘Is your house a Barker & Stonehouse. By 2015 company progressed and opened its ninth store at Teesside Retail Park. The company celebrated its 70thanniversary in 2016. The brand is known for its style, colour, texture and pattern that make it truly a unique brand of furniture and its accessories. The customer is attracted to this brand as there is a wide range of designs and interiors that transform their houses into ‘wow’ homes. The company has also worked to protect environment by reducing the carbon footprint to 50 percent. This way the company is appreciated for its contribution to save the environment.
Till date the company has 500 talented people working as Barker & Stonehouse employees. The staff is so dedicated in delivering the products & services on time. This makes the brand worth spending. The company provides consultation with its interior designers where they consider your ideas and help to transform your house the way you want. The company provides nationwide delivery on given time. Barker & Stonehouse also offers the recycling services in which they donate the old furniture if in good condition to British Heart Foundation where they further sell the old furniture. The company also offers their customers to purchase the furniture online by debit or credit card payment with no interest. For online purchase company has its own terms & conditions as well. The company also offers the purchase of Gift vouchers which can be purchased online and in stores also. The company has huge range of furniture for Living room, Dining, Bedroom, offices, Children, floorings and accessories. Popular brands such as Himolla, Tempur, Little Tree Furniture, Skovby, Reflex, Stressless, Vi-spring and Tetrad Harris Tweed are being associated with Barker & Stonehouse. Also some of the designer brands work in collaboration with Barker & Stonehouse.