Simon Acres Group, the KBB and merchant service provider, has announced that it is mentoring and supporting young designer Joseph Boobier as he looks to build a career in furniture design.

Boobier, a 3D design graduate from Manchester School of Art, was noticed by director Simon Acres when he exhibited at a Furniture Makers’ Company (FMC) exhibition last year.

‘I was impressed by Joseph’s design flair and enthusiasm,’ explains Acres. ‘He was exhibiting   an innovative back to back chair inspired by political conflicts, that really stood out and I was impressed by his story.

‘Joseph is already benefiting from the support of the FMC but I felt that we could offer him more, utilising our contacts in the industry and the skills and expertise of our consultants and staff.

‘We have introduced Joseph to a leading high street retailer that is providing valuable advice and our in-house digital marketing team are working on the launch of a website and social media channels. The chair is under production with a specialist manufacturer and we are working with Joseph to market this to independent retailers and designers.’

Boobier commented: ‘I am grateful to Simon Acres Group for all their support. Building a business from start-up is no easy task, especially in the current climate. Having access to so many people to talk to about my ideas, and gain guidance is invaluable.

The Joseph Boobier website can be found here.