Harveys is the UK's leading furniture retail specialist, offering a wide range of mid-priced items for the living room and dining room. The company has more than 150 stores nationally. It was founded in 1966 as a general home furnishings retailer in East London, and expanded gradually across the south of the country before being acquired in 2000 by Homestyle Group, an umbrella for a number of similar chains including Rosebys and Bensons For Beds. Partly as a result of its sister chains, Harveys withdrew from bedroom furniture and soft furnishings. The sector was hit by a dramatic slowdown in the mid-2000s causing the collapse of several competitors, including MFI, Courts and Furnitureland. Homestyle Group was rescued in 2005 by Steinhoff Group, an international holding company with extensive retail operations spread across Europe, Australasia and South Africa. Several of the UK businesses were later sold off or shuttered. Steinhoff still owns Bensons For Beds and Cargo, as well as manufacturers including Relyon beds. Sean Summers is CEO, UK retail; Stephen Campbell heads the furniture division. Steinhoff's European businesses include the extensive Conforama chain spread across France, Spain, Italy and other markets, and the group owns Snooze in Australia. Adbrands does not currently offer a business profile for this company but subscribers may access account assignments and contact information. The searchable account assignments database is available to full subscribers to Adbrands.net premium services. Click here to access Adbrands account assignments (subscribers only); or see here for information on how to subscribe.
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