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  • Writer's picturePaul Andrews

Hill Cross Furniture Announces Leadership Changes As It Gears For Growth



Hill Cross Furniture, the family-owned contract furniture supplier, has announced strategic leadership changes as it prepares for accelerated future growth.

The North-Yorkshire based business is also moving to a group model, with expansion into new sectors including residential and luxury lounge furniture on the back of rising client demand.

Hill Cross was created 23 years ago to meet a rising need for high-quality contract furniture in the hospitality and healthcare markets. The market-leading business now counts Nando’s, Cote Restaurants, Wagamama, Frankie and Benny’s, Grantley Hall, Alchemist, Las Iguanas, Watches of Switzerland, D&D London, Newcastle United FC, Manchester City FC, Tortilla, The Restaurant Group, Honest Burgers, Shake Shack and Formula One amongst its global client base.


Jen Barker, joint business owner with husband Richard Barker, the founder of Hill Cross, will become Group CEO. Steve Dale has been promoted from Commercial Director of Operations to Group Managing Director while. Laura Taylor has been promoted to Group Management Accountant. Matt Waters has been promoted to Head of Finance and HR for Hill Cross Group.


In addition to the Group appointments there are several strategic changes within Hill Cross Furniture. Emily Thompson previously Hill Cross Senior Project Coordinator now takes role of Hill Cross Sales Office Manager and Josh Dowson previously Hill Cross Senior Project Coordinator moves to Hill Cross Sales and Product Manager.

Jen Barker, Group CEO, Hill Cross Group said: “I’d like to congratulate Steve, Laura and Matt on their promotions. Their experience will be a great asset to Hill Cross as we embark on an ambitious expansion.

“Our goal is to deliver beautiful furniture and excellent service across all the sectors we operate. With more than 23 years’ experience, Hill Cross Furniture is the leading supplier of bespoke contract furniture and banquette seating to the hospitality, healthcare, leisure, and workplace sectors. We are well-known for the extensive range of quality furniture supplied alongside our exceptional project management and installation service."


"We are experiencing exciting growth which will see us expand into new sectors and now’s the time to make sure we have the right team in place to realise our ambitions."

“Our lifeblood remains in contract furniture and these changes and promotions allow us to continue to develop our core business but at the same time give structure for growth and expansion. I’d like to congratulate the team on their promotions. Their experience and expertise will be a great asset as we embark on our ambitious growth strategy in 2024 ”

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