Upholstery producer Collins and Hayes has named Emma Hughes as sales team manager with responsibility for the South West, Midlands, Wales and Ireland.

Ms Hughes will start in time for the company’s January Furniture Show brand relaunch, with her appointment following on from the retirement of longtime sales manager Bruce Cowen at the end of the year.

Her furniture industry experience includes time spent with heavyweight producers Westbridge, Alstons and Ercol as well as retailer Laura Ashley.

MD Matt O’Flynn said: “Emma has a good understanding of the upholstery market and fabric trends. We are looking forward to working with her, supporting our customers with renewed vigour and a more tailored approach.”