Bendigo store takes national award

With furniture retailers among the hardest hit in the current retail environment, it was a big surprise to find a regional family-owned store beat the big guns in the Australian Furniture Retailer Of The Year awards.

Bendigo owned homewares, furniture and interior design store Make Your House a Home has claimed the most illustrious award within the furniture industry. After taking the honour of Victorian/Tasmanian Furniture Retailer Of The Year it went on to claim the “best of the best” – the Australian Furniture Retailer Of The Year Award.

“We couldn’t be happier to accept these fantastic awards” said Lisa Smith, co-owner of ‘Make Your House a Home.

“Supporting Australian made is so important to us. Not only for our existing economy and environment but for our children and the generations to come. Australian made furniture is of outstanding quality and we are lucky to work with the best designers and manufacturers in the industry.”

A panel of industry experts from a variety of backgrounds gathered to judge the winners based on a strict set of selection criteria:

  • Entrants had to display a commitment to supporting Australian made furniture.
  • Understand the importance of sustainability.
  • Have knowledgeable staff.
  • Provide excellent customer service.

As well as supporting Australian designers and manufacturers, the team at ‘Make Your House a Home’ have their own brand Myhah design which definitely impressed the judges.

“For a product to be considered for our myhah design range it must be Australian made, environmentally friendly, well designed and individual” said Smith.

“We only employ people with a ‘can-do’ attitude; team players who are prepared to go the extra mile for our clients. Every item we source and stock has to be high quality, the kind of items we would use in our own homes”.

The award ceremony was held on Friday evening in the grand ballroom of the Sofitel on Collins in Melbourne and industry leaders including Rohan Wright, CEO of the Australian Furniture Association, gathered from all around the country to enjoy the evening.

“The award is not only good for us, it’s also great for Bendigo as it shows how regional businesses with a commitment to quality will always win out. We encourage all local businesses to put themselves out there and just go for it,” said Smith.

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