We are an independent, not-for-proﬁt, government approved Ombudsman. We offer Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), training and advice to traders and consumers in the retail, furniture, and home improvement industries. We are a voluntary scheme, as such each of our members choose to work with us and trust us with their most priced asset; their consumers.
We were set up by the Ofﬁce of Fair Trading in 1992 and this year we celebrate 25 years of raising standards. We pride ourselves with the incredible expertise that we have acquired over the past 25 years, including accredited training, diverse team of professionals, a membership base that covers over 16,000 outlets and independent traders. Last but not least, we work tirelessly to protect consumers’ rights and promote fair trade.
Our vision is to inspire consumer confidence, raise industry standards and resolve disputes without the need for costly litigation.
We're totally independent. That means we can be trusted to help reach an agreement that is fair for both parties.
We are not-for-profit, meaning that our mission is to provide a service, not distribute profit to shareholders.
We are overseen and regulated by a Standards Board to ensure we are delivering the services we’ve set out to deliver.
Our Code of Practice is there to ensure that every member knows the commitments they make to their customers. You can read it below.
We are approved by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute, are recognised by the European Commission, are full members of the Ombudsman Association, and maintain links with the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.
All our staff sign up to statements of our core values. These include commitments to effective delivery of our services, operational excellence and honesty. Read the full list of statements below.
Our staff work to a series of values. These statements represent how we approach all aspects of our work and demonstrate our commitment to everyone involved with our service.
Effective and Efficient Delivery
Demonstrate ownership for your role and the work of the Ombudsman by accepting responsibility for your own performance, and understanding how your contribution fits into the success of the organisation.
Feel empowered to make decisions by understanding processes, support mechanisms and escalation points as necessary.
Get it right first time by minimising unnecessary errors and ensuring that the standard of work produced fully represents you and The Furniture Ombudsman in the best possible way.
Exceed expectation by striving to deliver the best possible standards of service in all cases, to members, consumers and our colleagues.
Demonstrate a commitment to making work a productive and “can-do” environment by adopting a positive, optimistic attitude.
Inspire confidence in all users of the service and each other, through delivery of consistently high and objectively marked quality standards.
Honest, Openness and Integrity
Ensure The Furniture Ombudsman retains its position as impartial and independent by making balanced, reasonable and fair decisions in all circumstances.
Retain our unique position in the consumer landscape by balancing the needs of the consumer against those of our members.
Show pride for The Furniture Ombudsman brand, by acting as an ambassador throughout your working day. Celebrate good performance and success when this is achieved.
Treat members, consumers and colleagues with the utmost respect at all times. Accept their right to complain or express dissatisfaction, regardless of whether this is perceived to be justified or not. Appreciate varying views, ideals, approaches and beliefs.
Accept that reasonable mistakes will occasionally arise by not seeking to attribute blame and focusing only on solutions.
Work in an open and honest environment, where constructive feedback and praise are forthcoming for the good of the organisation.
Adopt a proactive approach to service delivery, by constantly striving to improve and innovate. Never accept the current way of working if there are viable, reasonable and more efficient alternatives.
Understand the need for the business to continuously evolve to meet the needs of members and consumers by accepting and supporting change.
Understand the need for continuous improvement by demonstrating a clear focus on our values at all times.