Norman Lewis recognised in the Parliamentary Review

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Co-chaired by Lord Blunkett and Lord Eric Pickles, The Parliamentary Review is a bastion of political insight which serves as an indispensable guide to industry best practice. This analysis is communicated across a variety of editions, each of which covers a single UK policy sector; these include but are not limited to finance, education, environment, healthcare, manufacturing and technology.

Success for businesses of any size does not always come easily, and this year’s edition of The Parliamentary Review is indispensable for anyone who seeks to make a name for themselves in industry. It highlights significant developments and concerns for business leaders up and down the country.

The co-chairman of The Parliamentary Review, Lord Pickles, has praised the upcoming Review as one of the most comprehensive yet. He commented that as Britain undergoes changes, it is “essential that politicians have a firm understanding of the challenges with which British organisations must contend” and that The Review once again provides a perfect platform for this.

Writing in The Review, The Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Michael Gove says “this year’s Parliamentary review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom.”

Norman Lewis Directors Don Howie and Mike Foley

The best practice article for Norman Lewis can be viewed here:


Renovating and Reupholstering Recliner Chairs

Norman Lewis have restored a pair of 1940s recliner chairs to their former glory for one our clients. The chairs were manufactured around the mid-forties and hand made making them unique and each with slight variances. The chairs were in a distressed state of repair when they arrived for renovating and reupholstering but the frames are solid mahogany and the original materials would have been fabrics for the seats and they would have been sprung upholstered.



The work was comprehensive and we took the chair completely apart, cleaning every joint before reassembling. We replaced and re-positioned the back supports, repaired the sliding wooden mechanism to slide on waxed runners – we also made completely new seats courtesy of Andrew Muirhead leather upholstery. Finally, the chairs were stripped, stained and re-polished.

Typically a restoration job like this will take 6-8 weeks to complete. The leather is available in many colours should you wish us to undertake a similar project for you.


Please contact us for more information regarding our Renovating and Reupholstering service.

Full Refit at PCS Offices

We recently completed a large office refit project for one of our clients, The Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS) at their offices in Clapham.

Working closely with the Electrical & Building division of our new parent company Chequers, we carried out a full refit of their cafeteria, converting the space into a dynamic office space.

We carried out a full refurbishment of their cafeteria and breakout area, refurnishing the areas with attractive seating options.

Our Electrical & Building division removed large kitchen equipment, restaurant/dining furniture and the refitted flooring and ceilings. We also carried out minor structural alterations, removed false walls and erected stud walling.

This new office space was completely refurnished with modern bench desking and comfortable seating options, completing the transformation of the space.

Lecture Room Refurbishment at Croydon College

Norman Lewis recently carried out a lecture room refurbishment at Croydon College which involved stripping out and dismantling existing lecture room benches in order to restore them to pristine condition. Norman Lewis estimates that the lecture room refurbishment saved the college around £10K versus replacing with new whilst maintaining the original design. Commenting on the project, Don Howie, Senior Account Manager at Norman Lewis said “we are delighted and proud to partner with Croydon College”.

Details of the work included the following:

  • Full strip out of lecture room
  • Dismantling existing lecture room benches
  • Benches repaired as required
  • Solid oak stripped of varnish, cleaned and neutralised then revarnished to high quality finish
  • Replaced all foam with CMHR (Combustion Modified High Resilient) fire retardant foam
  • Recover all lecture room benches in fabric chosen by the client
  • Recycled existing materials where feasible
  • Work carried out to agreed specification and timescales




If you would like more information on our refurbishment services please contact us or call us for an appointment.

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