Barker’s branches out into Simply Sofas

Sheila Barker, Graham Nevin from NatWest and Neil Barker

Sheila Barker, Graham Nevin from NatWest and Neil Barker

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The Sheffield firm behind Barker’s Furniture has opened a new showroom in the city.

The new premises of E Barker & Son (Hillsboro) Ltd on Lowther Road, fronting onto Penistone Road, is branded Simply Sofas and will offer a modern range of furniture to appeal to the younger end of the market. The purchase and refurbishment has been completed thanks to funding support from NatWest.

Barker’s Furniture was incorporated in 1931 and trades from a head office on Trickett Road in Hillsborough. The firm has three existing showrooms in the city and offers a wide range of products.

Neil Barker is the fourth generation of the Barker family to be a director at the store and has headed the firm since 1999. He said: “We’ve seen a turbulent period with the whole country in recession but, by maintaining our high standards and providing our customers with value for money, we’ve been able to emerge with a very positive outlook for 2011 underlined by this expansion.”

Graham Nevin, senior relationship manager for NatWest Commercial banking said: “Barkers Furniture is a long established family business that is a big retail name here in Sheffield. It’s been a pleasure to support this expansion and I wish them all the best for the future.”