A Sutton Coldfield-based design and architectural firm has bagged more than £1 million worth of new business wins over the last three months.
Harrison Design Company, which also has an office in London, has secured substantial leisure design and rebranding contracts from big-name clients including Mitchells & Butlers, Nando’s, McMullen and Young’s Brewery, as well as international branding work for T.G.I. Friday’s in North America.
New projects include the subtle evolution of the All Bar One brand in London and Liverpool for Mitchells & Butlers as well as the development of a number of new sites for the company’s Brown’s restaurant chain.
Consultancy for Young’s Brewery includes the launch of the Dial Arch gastro pub in Woolwich, which has been praised by English Heritage as a particularly sensitive development of a listed building.
Harrison Design is continuing its long-term relationship with the Nando’s chicken restaurant chain, for which it has now designed more than 200 outlets, and there are two major leisure projects being drawn up for independent brewer McMullen in the South East.
Harrison Design managing director Philip Harrison said the firm’s new contracts were evidence of continued improvement in the leisure industry.
“The last two years have been particularly testing for those of us in the design industry, and I am pleased to see leisure operators now starting to invest increasingly in their brands.
“This has to be a barometer for the recovery of the sector.
“One of the most pleasing aspects of our new projects is their variety – from our continuing work with Mitchells & Butlers and Nando’s through to new initiatives in extended leisure specialisms as well as international developments.
“This keeps us fresh and motivated and is an excellent demonstrator of the high level of expertise that we have here at Harrison Design.
“It is also giving rise to new job opportunities within our organisation and we are always willing to hear from designers, IT specialists and project managers who feel that they have something to offer our clients.”
Harrison Design, which was founded by Mr Harrison in 1990, recently expanded into the furniture market with the launch of an external seating range aimed specifically at the hospitality and leisure sector.
The firm is also active internationally – it has worked with Russian casual dining chain Rosinter and local operator of the T.G.I. Friday’s and Costa Coffee brands to develop and roll out its high-profile Mamma Russia brand in three locations at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport.
It has also worked with Nando’s International as sole design consultants for the ongoing development of the brand in Turkey.