The Romo Group has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2017 for its success in international trade. The group has achieved this through excellence in the design and marketing of luxury fabrics, wallcoverings and accessories, as well as growing expertise in developing export trade through a dedicated international distribution network.
Having previously received the award in 2008, The Romo Group has further developed its existing brands using design and innovation to maximise its sales potential throughout the world. In addition, the group has launched three new brands, Zinc Textile and Mark Alexander in 2010 followed by Black Edition in 2013, all of which are aimed at high-end, international interior designers and consumers. This significant investment in brands, designs and new products has enabled the growth of worldwide sales from £58m to £88m between 2010 to 2016.
Exports now represent 72.5% of sales and have increased from £36.5 million in 2010 to £63.7 million in 2016. In its largest overseas market, USA, it has expanded both staff numbers and showrooms. In addition to its flagship New York and Palm Beach showrooms, new openings include Chicago, Boston, Washington and soon-to-open Atlanta, contributing to a growth of 139% in the USA over six years.
The Romo Group remains very much a family run business and its future is one of excitement and innovation; it is expanding the flagship London showroom in Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre, as well as developing a new head office in Nottinghamshire. When complete in 2018, Romo’s new headquarters will be architecturally outstanding and house its dedicated export sales and administration departments together with outstanding design studios and show spaces. Adjoined by a state of the art automated warehouse storing over 250,000 rolls of fabric and wallcoverings, the whole complex will include updated facilities to provide the best possible working environment as Romo looks optimistically forward to the challenges of the future.