The Rug House based in Carnbane Industrial Estate, Newry have won the 2014 Exporter of the Year at the DANI Awards held in Derry. The DANI Awards are the premier awards for online and digital businesses in Northern Ireland. The online retailer fought of stiff competition to claim the prize.
Siblings Paul and Clare Vallely started the business in 2006 and now sell up to 3,000 rugs a week across the world to over 30 countries including the England, Spain, France, Italy and the USA. The award comes as a result of continued growth from the local business which has doubled its work force in two years to 23 staff. The company growth year on year has been 60% with an increase in export growth of 400% last year. 98% of sales are outside Northern Ireland which has facilitated such rapid growth.
With the opening of a new £80,000 showroom in Newry and a new website www.therughouse.co.uk (please hyperlink to our website) to be launched in November these are exciting times.
Owner Paul Vallely explains "The awards night was an excellent event and very well organised. We are delighted to receive the award as it is recognition for the hard work of all our staff. We are excited about growing the business further and create new jobs in Newry. Our new showroom has opened recently we have been delighted with the reaction from the public."
The Rug House is opened Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm and Saturday from 9am to 1pm.