Last year Zebrano joined forces with Whitestores to enable us to grow the business. James Whiteley is the Managing Director of Whitestores and in our first year together James has won the Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 at the Essex Business Excellence Awards. The business as a whole was also Finalists and Runner Up for the 'Best Growing Business' Award.
Organised by the Essex Chronicle Media Group, the Essex Business Excellence Awards programme showcases the best private businesses, public sector organisations and charities based in Essex. James Whiteley said “I would just like to say a big thank you to everyone at White Stores for helping me to win the Young Entrepreneur of the Year award,” the founder and MD of White Stores. “It was very nice to receive an award for so many years of hard work.”
“I truly believe that starting up and growing a successful business can change people’s lives for the better,” adds James. “That’s why I devote myself to work. To have my enthusiasm for business life officially recognised by the judges of the Essex Business Excellence Awards has been a fantastic boost to me, both personally and professionally. I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage other young UK entrepreneurs to go out there and make their own dreams happen.”
We are delighted with the news that we are 2014 winners in the Online Retail Awards 2014. Judges' comment: "Multiple ORA winner, Zebrano Rattan, has had another record year. Love of great quality garden furniture, accompanied by offering customers a great shopping experience and aftercare, all contribute to Zebrano’s record year. Online revenue reached record heights and shrewd buying saw a return on investment up 123% from the previous year. The year also saw Zebrano Rattan break every record in the book and establish itself at the heart of Europe’s rattan garden furniture world to gain even more momentum and growth!"
We are delighted with the news that we have made it to the finals for two categories in the Online Retail Awards 2014.
We are delighted with the news that we have been awarded a commendation in the Online Retail Awards 2013.
We are delighted with the news that we have once again made it to the finals in the Online Retail Awards 2013.
An Online Retail Award celebrates a retailer's presence online through a great website experience and credits sites that are the embodiment of excellence. Judges comments on rattanfurnitureuk.co.uk are below.
Entering for a second year, the team at Zebrano Rattan Furniture has taken the website onward and upward, using last year’s entry to give a true perspective on progress. Zebrano’s ethos is give all customers delight in the shopping experience, soundly backed by the sort of service only a family-run business can deliver. Their efforts have paid off again, giving them greater interaction with customers and delivering 40% of all sales through the website. Other sales also come via the website, but they are converted over the telephone or when customers visit the showrooms. Greater use of video has helped and this extra level of information will increase as the site evolves.
Judges' comment: "You don't expect a furniture company to win the Garden & Gardening category, but then you look at what Zebrano has achieved in 12 months and why this category is so relevant to them, and it all becomes crystal clear. Outstanding progress."