Smiffys
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At the Juice Bar left to right: Emma Dodsley, Ben Johnson Interiors, Dominique Peckett, Director, Smiffys and Paul Cater-Smith, Senior Designer, Smiffys with “Burger and Chips”
Kate Slater

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Dressed to impress at Smiffys

A global, family-owned fancy dress business which ships over 26 million items across the world every year, has moved its Yorkshire base to a 13,000 sq ft site at London House, Central Park, Leeds.

Smiffys, which was founded in 1894, has a 5,000 product base which includes popular characters and brands such as Elvis Presley, Marylin Monroe and Angry Birds, as well as wigs, theatrical make up and accessories.

Many of Smiffys’ new costumes are designed and marketed at the Leeds base, so the interior layout and style of the new workplace was of vital importance to the company.

The new two-storey Leeds base was space-planned and designed for efficient working and also fitted by Yorkshire workplace designers Ben Johnson Interiors. Sophie Peckett Designs, who has worked with Smiffys for many years on their brand, completed the interior finishes, including colour palettes and wallpaper choices.

The impressive new interior now includes workstations for 100 people, a bistro-style communal eating area, juice bar complete with zip tap and juicing machine, private areas, event space, a library and breakout zones for meetings.

Emma Dodsley, Director, Ben Johnson Interiors says: “We worked closely with Smiffys to understand exactly what their ideal working environment would be, and we have now delivered a vibrant, bespoke workspace for them which will not only impress and uplift staff and visitors but also speed up operations and improve communications and productivity.”

Director of Smiffys, Dominique Peckett, said: “We love our colourful new workplace – not only for its fun appearance, but also because the new layout and efficient use of space makes our work much easier.”

This was posted in Bdaily's Members' News section by Kate Slater .

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