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ScS News 2018-08-29

The UK’s proudest parents have been announced!

Our nationwide search for the UK’s proudest parents has come to its conclusion.

We asked you, the nation’s parents, to share with us the moments that filled you with the most pride, and you inundated us with entries!

We are delighted to announce our lucky winner as Amber Goddard, of Plymouth. Up against truly heart-warming competition from the likes of a 5k charity running star and a singing sensation, Amber was chosen as the competition winner after submitting this breath-taking photo of her daughter at just 13 weeks old.

Amber shared her inspiring story with us: “Beatrice is our Rainbow daughter as last year my husband and I lost our son Mylo at 21 weeks. We had struggled to conceive so when we found out in 2017 that we were pregnant again, it was fabulous news!”

“The pregnancy was fraught, I was regularly in and out of hospital and eventually had Beatrice early at 33 weeks pregnant. She went through difficult days in the Special Care unit, she was so tiny but so perfect. She has spurred me on through difficult times and is my biggest accomplishment in life.”

On winning, Amber said:  “Since becoming a mum something within me has truly changed. I have never been happier than I am now and, as the competition suggested, I feel pride every day that I wake up and get to see our gorgeous girl smile. I love sharing our story and our photos of Bea always seem to make people happy so it seemed like a good idea, even just so I could feel proud. I never imagined winning – but that just makes it even better.

“I like to think our story is an interesting one and I always talk about both our children because awareness is really important of both child loss and rainbow babies. Premature babies have such a fighting spirit and it’s so lovely to have lots of happy moments to share. It makes me so happy to think that Bea has spread joy to others too and winning means that we can continue making happy memories as a family.”

Amber and her family will receive a £150 Virgin Experience Voucher, with which we know the family will make even more proud memories. On the competition, our Communications Executive, Vicki Burns, said: “We received some fantastic entries to the competition, it certainly was emotional looking through some incredible moments but Amber’s story touched our hearts. We hope that the voucher will pave the way for the whole family to create some lasting memories, they definitely all deserve it.”

Amber’s story wasn’t the only one to pull on the heartstrings of our head office, other entries that were worthy of winning included:

Manchester’s Danielle Waine, who shared with us this moving image of her daughter completing a 5 kilometre charity race, had this to say in her entry: “My daughter completed a 5k for charity, she’s type 1 diabetic and her blood sugars dropped near the end but she insisted on finishing, so drank her hypo treatment while jogging the last bit. It was a super proud moment, nothing stops my girl.”

In academics, Rebecca Doherty, from Willenhall, submitted this photo of her son proudly graduating from nursery. She said “My little boy graduated last week, he has suffered from delayed speech and he made me so proud when he sang the songs at his graduation.”

Finally, we were moved by this powerful image of Jade Waites and her son, also from Plymouth. She entered this stunning photo from her graduation day, commenting “This is the day I graduated from university after four years of studying. As a single parent with no parents myself, my son was my rock throughout my time at university and I wouldn’t have got through it without him. I couldn’t be prouder of what we have together.”

We’d like to extend our thanks once again to everyone who shared their stories with us, and encourage you to keep an eye on our Facebook page for more competitions in the future!

ScS News 2018-08-20

ScS named ‘Best Flooring Retailer 2018’

We are extremely proud to announce that we have been named Best Flooring Retailer 2018 by leading industry magazine, Interiors Monthly. The award, which recognises excellence within the furniture and interiors sector, saw us beat off some opposition within an extremely competitive sector, and highlights the continued hard work of our flooring teams nationwide.

Best Flooring Retailer 2018’

On the success, Farren Murphy, Head of Flooring at ScS, said: “In recent years we’ve successfully grown our flooring business and our position as a leading retailer and specialist in this area. This award really is the icing on the cake for our hard-working team, from taking customers order right through to delivery and beyond. However, the hard work doesn’t stop here, we have plans already in place to invest in the further growth and development of the team and in the overall shopping experience for our customers.”

At ScS, we pride ourselves in customer service, and we know that purchasing a new carpet is a huge decision for the whole family. To make sure you’re as clued up as possible before buying, we’ve put these useful hints and tips together:

What type of carpet is right for you?

Before you think about what pattern or colour of carpet you’d like, one of your first considerations should be what type of carpet is best suited to your home. Depending on your family or pets, you need to think about durability and resistance to stains, in order to find the most appropriate option for your household. Likewise, when looking at flooring for different room types you must consider specifically designed styles, for rooms such as kitchens, or bathrooms. Investigate the pile height and density before making a decision. It is also important to consider your budget at this point. Make sure you know exactly how much your budget is, to ensure your dream carpet is affordable.

What style are you looking for?

After deciding your carpet type, it’s now time to choose the colour and pattern. The fun part! Flooring offers such a wide range of options to choose from, in terms of style, materials and feel. Farren Murphy believes the perfect way to refresh your home with new flooring is to introduce bright colours and patterns in to a space, creating an ultra-modern look. He says “Stripes, checks and other bold patterns are all fashionable looks in flooring. Team up these designs with natural upholstery and décor for a really modern look. Alternatively, create a contemporary statement by selecting a carpet that features zig-zags, hexagons, circles or other on-trend geometric designs”.

When looking at your carpet style, it is also important to consider how it will match with your existing room. You may have just purchased a new sofa, and need to make sure your new carpet compliments the furniture well, in order to make the ultimate statement in your revamped home.

After choosing the flooring style you want, the next key step is to ensure you measure up your rooms correctly before ordering. Sounds difficult, however it can actually be quite simple. The golden rule is to measure the length and width of your room in metres, then add 10cm to both of these measurements to allow for cutting around doorways and any other fixtures and fittings.

Following our top tips will help make the journey to your new flooring as easy and simple as possible! You can find a complete detailed breakdown of the process along with FAQs in our carpet buying guide.

ScS News 2018-03-14

Essex youngster crowned top designer in My Sofa Is Competition

To celebrate the natural creativity of youngsters, we teamed up with Ashley Manor, a UK award-winning upholstery expert, to launch a nationwide design competition called ‘My Sofa is’.

Gracee Denning, aged 10, has been crowned the top designer, with her school inspired sofa winning first place in a national vote. The Essex youngster entered her design (below) with the caption: “My sofa is… all about my school, it’s bright and will make people happy when they see it. I came up with this sofa because I realised school has lots of equipment and subjects and I’ve put all these into our super school sofa.”

My Sofa Is

Ashley Manor will work with Gracee to make her sofa a reality and donate it to Gracee’s school, Noak Bridge Primary School in Basildon. Gracee has also been given the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris. On winning the competition, Gracee said:

“I am extremely happy! What came as a surprise for me was not only my sofa being made for my school, but also a trip to Disneyland!! As well as all this, I have the lovely comments that people wrote about me.

“I hope to carry on with art in the future, and with my job when I am older. I would like to be a photographer, or sell my pieces of art and become an amazing artist. I am so so happy that I won, thank you so much.”

Children across the UK were invited to enter the competition, with us receiving over 300 entries. Some of the runners up can be seen below:

My Sofa Is

Learning through the Seasons – Evie-Grace, aged 6 years – Bhyll Acre Primary School, Wolverhampton
My sofa story: ‘My sofa is… all about the different seasons as we’ve learnt about them at school recently. I love learning and being at school with my friends all year round.’

Sweet Treats – Lauren, aged 8 years – Dame Janet Primary Academy, Ramsgate
My sofa story: ‘My Grandad loves liquorice, so my sofa is… a colourful, yummy sofa for us to eat his favourite sweets and watch a film together.’

Magic Tree – Jacob, aged 7 years – Ton-Yr-Ywen Primary School, Cardiff
My sofa story: ‘Inspired by my school badge, my sofa is… a tree with many different leaves. It will make you feel like you’re sitting in its branches with our school mascots Nuts the squirrel and Walt the owl.’

Unite in Comfort – Marie, aged 9 years and 5 months – Dame Janet Primary Academy, Ramsgate
My sofa story: ‘My sofa is… a place all countries can unite together in comfort, all ethnicities and origins relaxing as one.’

ScS News 2017-06-12

The history of ScS!

After 120 years of trading, ScS has gone from a single, family run furniture store to one of the UK’s largest sofa and carpet specialists, with 100 stores nationwide.

ScS began trading as a general home furnishings store in Sunderland in 1894, under the name Sunderland Suites Centres, before growing steadily within the North East over the next 100 years.

By the 1980s, the business operated from eight stores in the North East of England, moving from general furnishings to specialising in selling upholstered furniture.

Following a management buyout in 1993, the business began to expand outside of the North East, and focused on establishing ScS as a major UK sofa specialist, operating from larger and more modern stores in retail park locations.

With new management in position, a store extension programme was put in place to ensure continuous expansion of the business and by 2007 ScS had increased to 95 stores nationwide, under the guidance of the company’s Chief Executive Offer David Knight, who was appointed in 2002.

History of ScS!

In 2012, following the launch of flooring products at ScS, the company was re-branded ‘Sofa Carpet Specialist’ and a number of operational initiatives were also undertaken, including upgrades to business processes, management information and information technology systems.

These improvements within the business led to ScS Group plc being listed on the London Stock Exchange in 2015, following a successful initial public offering.

Following this, five more stores were opened, taking us to a total of 100 stores across the country from as far north as Aberdeen all the way down to Plymouth, and we now employ more than 1,400 people across the UK.

Throughout this growth process, we have ensured that the needs of our customers have remained at the core of everything we do, and our mission is to deliver excellent service, value and quality through the passion and care of our employees, that is why all of our specialists are all expertly trained in their field.

We pride ourselves on giving our customers a unique shopping experience allowing them to shop easily in-store, online or by phone, with experienced sofa and flooring professionals on hand to provide expert knowledge and advice.

ScS News 2017-05-24

Seaham Coast U7s football team kick off with support from ScS

ScS has donated £1,000 towards the Seaham Coast Football Club, allowing the U7s squad to develop into a full team and become a member of the Durham County Football Association. The club has also signed up Lee French, Senior Business Reporting Analyst at ScS, to manage the team.

The club approached Lee to coach the youngsters as his son currently plays on the team along with ScS’s CFO Chris Muir’s son. Wanting to take on the challenge of building and developing a football team, Lee accepted the position.

Seaham Coast Football Club has teams ranging from under 7s right through to under 18s and began 10 years ago. Quickly becoming popular in the region, the club has over 150 children registered to its teams who each compete in leagues across the North East.

Lee French, Senior Business Reporting Analyst at ScS, says: “The biggest challenge, even for a grass roots under 7s football team, is the red tape. Costs such as insurance, purchasing strips, coats for the kids, organising and paying for training facilities, league fees, pitch fees and referees fees can all add up especially when combined with the cost of training equipment like bibs, balls and cones.

“I quickly realised that, just to get the under 7s team started, I was going to need in excess of £1,000 so I approached ScS for support and funding.  Kevin Royal, ScS MD and his wife Ann, agreed to support the cause and without their generosity we wouldn’t have been able to get the team to where it is today.  We have been able to purchase all necessary items and the team has been given a great start to their footballing career!

“The great side of coaching the team is seeing the kids progress, develop and play the game they love. We have recently joined the Russell Foster Tyne & Wear Youth League which is excellently run and we now play our games at a pitch that has brilliant facilities.”

Seaham Coast U7s

Seaham Coast U7s football team with coach Lee French, Senior Business Reporting Analyst at ScS

Lindsey Duncton, Marketing Manager at ScS, said: “ScS is incredibly proud to support the U7s team at Seaham Coast Football Club. It’s great to support a local cause that is encouraging young children to be passionate about sport.

“It’s also great that Lee has been signed by the team to help coach the young squad. He will be able to develop the skills of the team which will hopefully lead to league success.”