John Pulsford created JPA Furniture in 1974, in a time of recession and the three-day week. The very first orders were literally written out by candlelight at the kitchen table which doubled up as the office in the day time. Even when times were tough, he was determined to beat the odds!
45 years later, JPA now employ 27 staff and have established their niche in the office furniture sector focused on sustainability, service, quality and local approach. Our mission is to make a positive impact locally via their innovative furniture recycling and rehoming programme.
Now 91 years of age, John is Executive Chairman and comes into the office every day to oversee proceedings whilst the second generation of Graham, Ian and Fiona take care of the day to day running of the business. You can generally tell if he’s in the office by looking for his little red sports car outside!
JP (aka The Grand Fromage) is adored by the JPA Staff Family and is the heart and soul of the company – never failing to greet everyone he meets with generosity, kindness and good humour. It’s all about the people.
On his 91st birthday this week, staff filled his office with 91 red helium balloons and he celebrated in turn by giving wine out to all the staff!!
Every aspect of the company reflects John’s integrity and quality, not forgetting his dogged determination to keep improving and making progress – even serious illnesses haven’t been able to hold him back – he’s truly inspirational.
The company has grown beyond all recognition winning social, environmental and business awards – most recently as Sustainability Business Leaders Award Winners 2019. None of this would have been possible without his inspiring leadership, endless effort and passion for people.
Having diversified over the years, JPA now provide Consultancy, Project Management, Fit Out, Design and Planning and Furniture services. Sustainability underpins all JPA activities who are now zero landfill and carbon neutral. All products are designed for end of life and recyclable with a unique end of life redundant furniture scheme in place.