Bringing the outdoors indoors with Bridgman
Founded in 1977, Bridgman is a British family owned and run business that creates luxury furniture for the home and garden. Bridgman has been supplying homes across the UK as well as hotels and restaurants with high quality alfresco furniture for over 35 years.
You've never exhibited at the Independent Hotel Show before, what attracted you to this year's edition?
We have visited several times without exhibiting and felt that with this year's new format of a “Destination Spa”, and with a wider company focus for targeting the commercial market, it would offer us a great opportunity to build successful new business relationships. We have been an established family run company for 39 years and felt now was the ideal time to showcase our products and innovative designs as well as demonstrating our long history of making high quality furniture for the hospitality industry.
Who are you hoping to see at the Independent Hotel Show?
In the past we observed that the Independent Hotel Show provided a fantastic opportunity for networking and meeting people who share our love for high quality furniture. With that in mind, we are hoping to meet buyers and key decision makers for high-end luxury hotels. We are looking to expand our customer base as well as connecting with the brands that we have an established relationship with. The Independent Hotel show has continually been a great opportunity to see what else is happening in the industry and observe different trends and styles that are arising in the coming months. We are constantly on the look out for new prospects to grow our brand and the chance to meet potential clients will aide this.
What are you bringing to the table at this year's Independent Hotel Show?
We will be bringing a range of quality commercial furniture, ranging from stacking chairs to sun loungers. Furthermore, we have developed a range of fully waterproof and stain proof cushions that are ideal for commercial use. Our wealth of experience has helped us to understand the requirements for outdoor furniture in the hospitality and leisure industry. We supply furniture that has been designed and tested specifically for this purpose, standing the test of time as well as delivering on style and comfort. Our furniture can be seen at hotels such as The Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews which featured at the The Open Golf Tournament, The Hotel Du Vin Group and The Berkeley Hotel in Mayfair, as well as many other UK and international hotels and spas.
What trends have you seen impacting upon the Independent Hotel market of late, and where do you see Bridgman contributing towards these?
Bridgman has always brought innovative materials, techniques and quality designs to the furniture industry and we will be communicating these messages throughout the show and how we can drive the luxury outdoor market. As a family run business we put a key emphasis on customer service, ensuring that no matter how small the order, the experience is always the same. We find this to be increasingly important within such a competitive market and we have noticed that more companies are beginning to realise the necessity to not just provide a fantastic product but also the customer care. Providing a superior service not just before, but also during and after the purchase itself can set you miles apart from other brands.
What's hot, what's new at Bridgman?
The ranges of furniture we offer that include fully waterproof cushions are very popular at the moment. These are exclusive to Bridgman and ideal for commercial use and in particular in pool/spa areas. At Bridgman we are constantly evolving our ranges and this season we have introduced a new modern weave. Straight edges, composite resin tabletops and clean lines offer a contemporary look and keep the designs chic and on trend. We are constantly evolving our products and 2017 will be an especially exciting year, as our innovative designers have designed several new ranges which can be seen for the first time at the Independent Hotel Show.
What are you most looking forward to as a part of this year's Independent Hotel Show?
We are most looking forward to the opportunity to increase our exposure as one of the UK's leading suppliers of quality commercial furniture. We are also interested in observing new design and material innovations in outdoor furniture to ensure that our product ranges are always on trend as well as providing an ever expanding range of designs to the outdoor commercial market.