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New studio and showroom in Leeds

We’re delighted to announce that we’re bringing 40 years of our specialised experience to Leeds, with a new studio and showroom in the heart of the city’s design community. Our new Yorkshire base will be located at the Green Sand Foundry, a unique, self-contained heritage building in Holbeck Urban Village and the move is something of a homecoming for our director, Emma Bennett, who was born and bred in the city. “My team and I have been delivering projects for an increasing number of Leeds-based clients,” she said.  “So it made excellent business sense to introduce a physical base here in order to expand our offering, and as a result be much more accessible for our Yorkshire clients.” Some of our more recent projects in the region include the soon to be completed fit-out of the prestigious, high profile Central Square building, as well as working with Leeds United Football Club.  “We have a comprehensive portfolio of ongoing work in the city, and now that we will be on our clients’ doorsteps, we believe our specialist services will be even more in demand,” added Emma. “And we are delighted to be launching here at a time when Leeds has identified creative industries as a key growth sector and when there are so many exciting developments taking place in the South Bank. “Green Sand Foundry is a truly beautiful building, a perfect backdrop for our extensive collection of pieces, and we will be encouraging potential clients to drop in and view them whenever they’re in the area.”

Two key hires to boost A&D experise

We have made two key appointments at our Manchester office which are designed to expand our firm’s Architects and Designers (A&D) offering.   Paul Dean, 48, and Ryan Beggs, 25, have joined the business as consultants and both men enjoy reputations for high levels of design expertise and understanding.   Ryan, originally from Liverpool but now living in Manchester, is an Interior Architecture and Design graduate of Leeds Beckett University.  He comes to RCI from the highly respected 5plus Architects, where he worked closely with the A&D community on a wide variety of projects for a diverse range of clients.   Paul, who lives in Stockport, joins RCI from the Penketh Group, where he held the position of workplace consultant.  He brings to the consultancy specialist knowledge of art and design gained from his past career as both an art lecturer and an art psychotherapist, working with ex-Forces personnel suffering from PTSD.   “The role really excites me,” said Ryan.  “To join such a well-established, truly independent consultancy that also boasts such a great style aesthetic is a rare opportunity.  I am looking forward to exploring new briefs and concepts, offering a bespoke service to interior designers and architects in a way that helps progress RCI’s offering even further.”   “I’m delighted to join such a forward-thinking consultancy,” added Paul.  “My career history in the art and design industry, coupled with my invaluable experience in psychotherapy, allows me to approach projects with a unique eye and a true understanding of collaborative working.”   Our company Director, Emma Bennett, added: “We work in harmony with architects and designers precisely because we understand the pressures and challenges they face, which makes Paul and Ryan a perfect fit for our team because of their combined experience and expertise.  Both apply a bespoke approach to every project, bringing each and every A&D’s vision to life.   “2017 has already proved to be an important year for us, and these two key hires reflects both our ever-increasing client base, and our ambitions for the future.”  

Coffee and a Cactus

Coffee and a biscuit? Not if you’re Emma Bennett, director of Manchester’s long-established Ralph Capper Interiors – coffee and a cactus is the order of the day.   Because Emma held a rather unusual event to raise vital funds for Macmillan Cancer Research and, as she explained, working in the design industry, she likes to do things differently.   “Everyone loves a good coffee, and cacti are a great addition to any workspace, so we decided to hold a fundraiser for Manchester’s business community by putting the two together,” she said.  “We’ve had a variety of cacti arrangements specially designed and made up, and we asked all those who came to take one and make a donation to Macmillan Cancer Research.  And of course they all enjoyed a great cup of coffee!”   Emma added: “Every two minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer*, and a cancer diagnosis can be a terrible blow to the patient, their family and friends.  Here at Ralph Capper Interiors we’re proud to help fund the fight against this terrible disease.”