A FAMILY business is aiming to bring a taste of the Far East into North East homes.
Furniture retailer Kultura Concept was started by twins Mark and Adrian Barton, along with Adrian’s wife Debbie and Mark’s fiancée Allysa Candelaria.
The Newcastle-based business is the only UK distributor of Asian brand Murillo Furniture, based in the Philippines, which makes hand-crafted furniture using natural fibre from a species of banana fibre.
Adrian, operations director, said: “Kultura Concept is Mark and Allysa’s brainchild. Allysa owned her own furniture business in Singapore for eight years and Murillo Furniture was a supplier to her shop there.
“Mark and Allysa worked on the business plan together and with Allysa’s extensive experience and excellent contacts the business started to take shape.
“We started this process in early 2011, but we had to find a showroom that we felt complemented the ethos of Kultura Concept, we made numerous visits to manufacturers in Asia then it all came together late last year.”
The family received start-up advice from Gordon Brown, a senior partner at Gordon Brown Law Firm.
Adrian said: “I have been a client of Gordon Brown for nearly 15 years. Gordon gave us a full spectrum of advice from specialist legal support through to commercial advice and sound commonsense from his long experience of running his own business.”
Mr Brown said: “Adrian has been a client of mine for many years with his civil engineering business, BCE Northern. It’s fantastic to see him taking on another new venture in a niche market. This is an exciting opportunity for Adrian, Mark and Allysa I wish them the best of luck for the future.”
“It’s fantastic to see him taking on another new venture in a niche market.”