These FAQs are designed to help you understand more about our new site, the move and how our new custom-built facilities will put us in an even stronger position to support the furniture industry moving forward. If you have a question which is not addressed here then don’t hesitate to contact us via [email protected]
We’ve been in consultation with our landlords (who also manage the site of our sister company, BM Trada) for some time about a potential move, and when they shared plans to re-develop our current site we started planning a new custom-built site to better suit the needs of our customers and colleagues.
We’re remaining located in Stevenage - where we’ve been based since 1965. Our new facilities are just around the corner from our current site, our new address will be:
- FIRA International, Unit 3, Cockerell Close, Stevenage, SG1 2NB
Staying so local ensures we retain all our technical experts, who are at the heart of everything we do at FIRA International.
We very much had a ‘blank canvas’ to work from when planning and designing our new custom-built facilities. This has enabled us to create a site which works best for our customers and our colleagues.
The move has enabled us to take advantage of the latest technology and equipment, to create new facilities which better reflect FIRA International. We’ll also have improved access throughout the entire site.
A commitment to sustainability has been key to our planning and fit-out. When we took control of the building it had an EPC (Energy Performance Certificate) rating of 56 (category C). Our improvements have already decreased this rating to 42 (category B). When the new site is fully operational we'll continue to review our sustainability credentials and recycling targets for products we've tested.
We will be moving in the last quarter of 2021. Precise timings will be confirmed over the coming weeks.
The actual move will not affect you, apart from updating our address on your systems and ensuring you direct deliveries to our new address from the date we advise you of.
Our telephone numbers and email addresses will remain the same, however postal correspondence and deliveries will need to be sent to our new address – we will advise from what date this will take effect in due course.
For a few weeks we’ll operate two sites concurrently as we transition - you will be advised of which site your product(s) will be tested when we enter the contract stage with you.
We will transfer our UKAS-accreditation to the new site, so this will not affect your testing in any way.
We very much look forward to opening our doors and welcoming you to our new site. We’ll be hosting a series of ‘Open Days’ to enable you to have a tour of the new facilities and meet all our experts. More details will be available over the coming weeks. If you want to be one of the first to be advised about Open Days then please email [email protected] and we will add you to the waiting list.