£1m interiors business opens in Harrogate

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The former managing director of James Brindley in Harrogate and Wetherby has invested £1 million in a brand new retail and commercial interior design venture which opens tomorrow.

Interior designer Richard Grafton launches his new business on Tuesday, March 27, recruiting five experienced design and sales staff, with plans to expand further over the coming months.

Richard Grafton Interiors is located in 3,000ft sq retail and showroom premises on The Ginnel in Harrogate’s Montpellier Quarter. The business provides a complete high quality interior design service and also offers design-led interiors products, from fabrics, flooring and wall coverings to bespoke kitchens and bathrooms, furniture and objects d’art.

Richard, 45, has 25 years’ experience in the industry and launched the new business with his own investment to cater for a growing demand for commercial and residential design products and services across North and West Yorkshire.

“I wanted to take the opportunity to have control over my future, and the time just seemed right to take the leap and launch my own venture,” he said.

“Our team has huge experience working on some of the most prestigious and intricate interiors projects in the area over the last 25 years, and we have added new services and project management expertise that customers have been requesting.”

Richard is working with trusted employees and suppliers including bespoke bathroom and kitchen specialists and flooring contractors to offer a ‘concept to delivery’ management service that enables private and corporate clients to have entire projects delivered by the Richard Grafton Interiors team.

“The economy is suffering, but the market is still strong for the right style of design, using the best quality materials and suppliers but still showing sensible value, and that has given us the confidence to launch this venture now,” added Richard.

The three-storey showroom, design centre and studio features room sets showcasing entire living rooms, bathrooms and a show flat.