Leaders at privately owned furniture retailer Furniture Village have been named Management Team of the Year at the Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards.

The national furniture retailer beat Henley Business School, Hammer and Pegasystems, to claims top spot in the over £25m turnover category, sponsored by RBS.

Furniture Village chief executive Peter Harrison said he was proud of the management team, saying they had learnt to ‘dance in the rain despite the lack of umbrellas’, during the challenging trading conditions of the past few years.

The Thames Valley Business Magazine Awards 2014 gala evening took place 20th November at the Royal Berkshire Conference Centre, and was hosted by TV presenter Fiona Bruce and Nick Hewer, Lord Sugar’s business associate and co-star of the Apprentice.