The Irish House Furniture and Home Furnishings Association (HHFAA) has been in the business for over a century and its membership numbers over 7,000.
This year, however, the HHFAA had to close due to a major restructuring.
Its annual conference, which takes place at the end of September, is scheduled to bring together the most active members of the trade to discuss the future of the industry.
This conference, organised by the HAF, aims to address the major issues affecting the industry, including new supply, the introduction of a universal service agreement, the future outlook and what to expect in the future.
There is a lot of interest in the current state of the Irish house furnishing industry, with a number of companies operating out of Dublin.
The HHF is one of the largest members of HAF and the organisation is set to continue its work in the coming months.
However, with the collapse of the Fergus-Shelbourne and the introduction by Fergus of a wide-ranging universal service, the Irish House will not have the funding it needs to remain competitive.
It has now been suggested that HAF is considering reducing the number of its members, although this has not been confirmed.
Hugh O’Sullivan, president of the HHA, said the organisation was working closely with the FHI and the Irish government to make sure that the industry continues to thrive.
“I think this is the right time to take a step back and look at where we are in the supply chain and what we need to do to make it better,” he said.
“This is not the time to make decisions in a vacuum.
We have to look at what we are doing to ensure that we have the best possible supply chain for the next 25 years.”
In terms of the supply, Mr O’Brien said the H HFAA is the first organisation to bring the industry up to date with modern technology and has introduced universal service agreements which enable the Irish Government to offer an easy-to-understand and competitive standard of service.HHF members are given access to the new Universal Service Agreement which was signed by the FHFA in July last year.
This enables any member to receive a free home delivery of their home furnishments to a range of premises including apartments, shops and offices.
There are some areas of the country which still have issues with a wide variety of services and HHF believes this will only get worse if there is no universal service.
“We want to ensure we have a standard of living that is affordable and available for all people,” Mr O’mann said.
This year, H HF is also launching a new website, www.hfdh.ie, which has been designed to provide consumers with information about their home and their home services, which can be accessed at www.hrfa.ie.
Mr O’Malley said the future was bright for the Irish home furnishing industry.
“As a society, we have been focusing on improving our lives and our living standards, and this is what we want to do,” he added.
“With the new Fergus Government and the changes we have seen in the way that people live in Ireland, it’s important that we continue to move the needle in terms of what we do and how we do it.”