Online electricals retailer was founded in 2000 by John Roberts following a £1 bet in a Bolton pub. Roberts remains an Executive Director of the company today while former COO, Steve Caunce, was appointed CEO in February 2017.
Formerly known as Appliances Online, the company rebranded in 2013 to become AO.com and the current logo was born. In the same year they launched their first TV advert and reached 1m Facebook likes.
In 2014 the company floated on the London Stock Exchange as AO World. AO.de was launched in Germany in 2014 with AO.nl following in 2016, a year that also saw the opening of an 84,000 sq m purpose built HQ located in Bergheim.
AO.com stocks over 6000 products and delivers millions of electricals each year from it's 740,000 sq ft warehouse in Crewe. Their user friendly website aims to provide helpful and impartial information on all of it's products and is able to price match any retailer stocking the same products. AO.com also offers free and next day delivery on thousands of products as well as installation and recycling.
Amara initially started as an interior design business based just outside of London. Created by husband and wife team, Andrew and Sam, they utilised their combined strengths from the very beginning. Sam’s career in retail fashion nurtured her innate talent for styling and staying ahead of the trends. She soon found her calling to interiors after project managing her own home renovation. Andrew’s business know-how and acumen come from his wealth of experience in the investment bank industry.
Since launching in 2005 Amara has gone from strength to strength to become the number one online destination for luxurious homeware and gifts. Stocking a wide range of fashion and interior designer brands such as Missoni Home, Ralph Lauren, Linley and Kartell, Amara now proudly host over 250 brands. In 2011 Amara launched The LuxPad-the go to for all interior design news, including articles on new brand launches, interviews with some of the biggest names in the industry and features on the newest hotels and restaurants. The LuxPad was developed to bring inspiration and information to the Amara customers and to also highlight Amara as the pinnacle of interior know how and knowledge.
Amara launched the Amara Interior Blog Awards in 2014. Now in its fourth year the blog awards celebrate all that’s good and great in the interior blogging fraternity. From the brilliantly creative to the inspiring, every style of interior blog is given a chance to win a coveted award.
In 12 years Amara has gone from a small boutique shop to the website it is today with expediential growth year on year. Delivering items worldwide every day, Amara go the extra mile for their customers offering an award winning service. Today Amara boast an impressive work force of over 70 employees each hired for their passion and drive for the business.
MAISONS DU MONDE
Already hugely celebrated in Europe with 288 stores and a heritage that spans over twenty years – the brand now brings thousands of products and styles to UK interiors fans.
Our ethos is all about creating quality, curating inspirational collections and giving our customers the guidance and confidence to celebrate their own individual style - which is why there are over 16,000 exclusive products available on our UK website. Founded in France in 1996, Maisons du Monde is one of the only brands in the world to have its own dedicated design hub – located in its very own French Chateau – where a 90-strong team are responsible for creating the collection. The passionate team includes designers, stylists and trend hunters that monitor global trends to create exclusive products.
Each year, the brand releases one furniture and two seasonal decoration collections, split across carefully selected trends inspired by the way we live today. As well as this, there is yearly Outdoors and Junior collections.
Anne-Laure Couplet, Global Brand Director at Maisons du Monde, said: “We believe every person and every home is unique, which is why we pride ourselves on offering an incredible range of furniture and accessories that work for every space and style. We add brand new product to our website every week to make sure we’re constantly offering something fresh and exciting.
“We know style-loving Brits share our passion for innovative interiors packed with personality and fun, and we can’t wait to share our 2017 designs with them as well as brand new online content packed full of ideas and design inspiration.”
Founded in December 2014, Frenchic Paint has fast become a global haven for eco-friendly upcycling inspiration. We’re proud to be the fastest growing Chalk Paint Company in the UK, with over 400 stockists internationally. The Frenchic Paint phenomenon has really made an impression and taken the home decor world by storm, loved by interior creatives and environmentally conscious DIY enthusiasts alike.
You can find us in the UK, Republic of Ireland, Channel Islands, Spain, Canary and Balearic Islands, Germany, France, Netherlands, Bulgaria, Singapore, Australia, Greece, Rhodes, Estonia, Lithuania, Hong Kong, Thailand, Dubai, Canada and America with Malta and more coming very soon... Our high quality Chalk and Mineral paint is available in 46 fantastic colours, 15 of which have a unique wax infusion meaning no need to seal and 6 from the Al Fresco range, our unique outdoor chalk paint. We are also excited to announce that our fabulous sexy wall paint will be launched in October – allowing your walls to breathe and with no odour, it is luxurious, has an ultra matte finish and is the only chalk wall paint that is washable! Frenchic paints like a dream with superior coverage and when you do need to use our body butterlike wax, it glides on easily and you won’t need to use as much as you would with conventional paints.
Frenchic Furniture Paint has no hidden nasties (ALL our ingredients are written on the can). An all-natural, eco-friendly paint that requires no stirring, shaking or the addition of water. We don’t add VOC’s, toxins or solvents and it has virtually no smell, so great for painting indoors! You’ll find that it is creamy, rich and easy to use so is the perfect paint for upcycling revamps. As an added bonus, Frenchic Furniture Paint has endured rigorous testing and has been EN:71-3 certified, meaning it is safe to paint children’s toys and nursery furniture. Environmentally friendly products are important for a sustainable future, and our multi-purpose, long-life natural solvent-free paint is breathable and a great choice for your home and family lifestyle. Our homes are an extension of ourselves and there is a great deal of reward in a touch of DIY. Frenchic Paint offers a safe solution that does not skimp on style or substance.
Founder Pam Gruhn’s passion for bringing old furniture back to life is what inspired her quest to create durable but eco-friendly paint & decor products. Pam loves her craft and is an upcycling pro, actively providing helpful tips and ideas on the buzzing Frenchic Fan Forum page on FB. There you can catch her friendly banter, expert advice and fantastic prize giveaways most days, so head over and follow us to join in on the fun!
Earthborn paints are special. We do not believe you should have to sacrifice quality or style to protect your health or the environment. By carefully selecting ingredients and using technologically advanced manufacturing processes and formulations, we create outstanding products that prove our point. Earthborn provide stylish, high performance products that are safer to use and sound for the environment. Perhaps more importantly, it is not only what goes into a paint but also what comes out of it that matters.
Earthborn was founded as a small, independent brand back in 2002, with the aim of providing a true environmentally friendly alternative to conventional paints. So it is safe to say that we have been supplying eco paints in the UK since before most people had heard of ‘eco’! Since then we have worked hard to build a trusted reputation for performance with style.
Taking a holistic approach to environmental issues we consider not only what goes into the breathable paint but also, perhaps more importantly, what comes out. Therefore all ingredients are carefully considered before being chosen, ensuring that our paints remain free from acrylics, oils and vinyls. To help consumers make an informed choice, all products carry a full declaration of ingredients. To further substantiate the eco credentials, Earthborn became the proud holder of the first UK licence of The EU Ecolabel for Indoor Paints and Varnishes, an independent accreditation scheme.
We have marketed our designer breathable paints successfully on the fact that they are high performance paints, with lots of special and unique attributes such as durability, breathability and no nasty smells. But over and above that they are also eco-friendly! For those looking for performance, sustainability, a healthier option or something beautifully different, Earthborn has it all.