Warings supply Jamie's Italian, Sydney

Warings Furniture has won a £30k contract to furnish Jamie Oliver’s first Australian restaurant in Sydney.

Warings’ experience in fitting out 25 Jamie’s Italian restaurants in the UK helped the company win out against tough opposition in a competitive tender.

Stuart Smith, a director at Warings, said the contract’s unusual destination created new challenges for the company, despite its 25 years experience in the industry.

“Logistics were a big issue. We had to turnaround the manufacture and delivery of tables and chairs in just 5 weeks.Everything had to get there safely and so we had to send spare feet, bases and chairs in case of any damages, ensure we had the right documents and even have the container fumigated to meet Australian regulations!”

The finished restaurant will hold 180 customers over two levels, including an outdoor seating area, with an eclectic mix of booths and colourful chairs. The furniture is the same style Warings has provided for other Jamie’s eateries, and is manufactured at the company’s units in the UK and Asia.

Adam Heathcote, operations manager and director of the Pacific Restaurant Group Ltd which owns the rights to Jamie’s Italian restaurants in Australia and New Zealand said that Warings’ experience was key to the company winning the contract.

“Warings provided great customer service and brought valuable experience to the project. The distance was simply not an issue, everything was taken care of and carefully planned - and the result for me is furniture of an impeccable quality that brings the space to life,” he said.

Stuart Smith said Warings Furniture’s capabilities as an independent manufacturer, its contacts worldwide and its excellent customer service secured the company’s part in Jamie Oliver’s Australian venture. He added: “We’re proud to offer a one stop shop for clients no matter where they are.”