Julie Valentine Celebrates 30 Years at Glasswells

Reflecting on a Successful 30 Years at Glasswells

Julie has been a fundamental part of Glasswells success these past 30 years.

Starting her career as a Personal Assistant to the Sales Director in 1992, Julie was responsible for the sales administration and worked closely with Paul Glasswell, Managing Director, on the importation of goods. Soon after she took on the buying and selection of garden furniture, adding bedroom furniture buying to her duties in 2009 and, more latterly, beds.

Due to Julie’s passion and high standards for her department, Glasswells were winners of two prestigious National Bed Federation awards in 2022; Outstanding Bed Store of the Year and the Large NBF Retail Champion of the Year. The immense choice available in store, paired with exceptional value, means customers can feel reassured when they choose a ‘NBF Approved’ bed from such a long-standing, reliable independent business.

Our huge showrooms present customers with inspirational displays, offering a true representation of how products can look within a home, as well as showing clear pricing and product information. This results in an educated choice being made when selecting from the 100 beds and mattresses on show in our Bury St Edmunds and Ipswich showrooms.

Julie Valentine, Beds & Bedroom Buyer

Incorporating Sought-After Bedroom Trends at Glasswells

Julie’s understanding and abundant knowledge enables her to identify the latest trends within the industry. This, combined with choice and value with the widest variety of designs and price points, allows her to provide our customers with an extensive variety of products for every bedroom. From divan beds to tall statement headboards, electric adjustable beds to semi-fitted furniture and so much more, Julie ensures there is plenty to choose from for every customer, no matter their budget, style or requirements.

Recently,Julie has recognised a demand for multipurpose furniture, which offer storage solutions and maximise space within homes; a prime example being the leading brand for semi-fitted furniture, Nolte Mobel. Nolte unites innovative storage solutions with stunningly chic designs, so when you choose Nolte you choose abundant, flexible space that you can structure, personalise and tailor to suit your requirements, especially when it comes to their combi wardrobes.

Previously, when looking to purchase a wardrobe, customers would choose between a full hanging or a gent’s wardrobe, however are now focusing on combi wardrobes. Incorporating a series of drawers or shelves and the hanging space of a standard wardrobe, a combi wardrobe is a versatile storage solution which provides a fresh, contemporary look to bedrooms. This enables long items to hang on one side, whilst shorter clothing can hang on the other with storage underneath for foldable items of clothing.

With a variety of styles, colours and materials to choose from at Glasswells, our Nolte experience offers an in-depth and tailored selection with FREE local measuring, planning, delivery and assembly available.

Nolte Macarto Range

Working at the NBF’s Outstanding Bed Store of the Year

Julie’s strong and trusting relationship with our suppliers, including Tempur, Hypnos, Relyon and Harrison Spinks, enables her to provide high-quality, durable and reliable beds and bedroom furniture within the department at the very best prices. With an extensive range of over 100 beds and mattresses, plus over 50 bedroom ranges, Glasswells is able to offer a wide range of furniture in alternative styles, materials and designs to suit an array of personal tastes and preferences.

She shares her wealth of experience with our bed experts, resulting in a well-rounded customer service, while her positivity and ‘can do’ attitude is incredibly infectious; she motivates her department to provide a professional service whilst creating a personal and trusting relationship between expert and customer.

With frequent training, the sleep experts at Glasswells are constantly advancing and updating their product knowledge and skills, offering the best advice to customers. Julie’s kind and caring nature makes her a loveable character who overcomes challenges with very little fuss and ensures every customer enjoys their visit; she is seen as a true role model to the new generation of employees at Glasswells.

Paul Glasswell, Managing Director, explains: “Julie’s passion and enthusiasm for the Bed and Bedroom Department at Glasswells is unquestionable. She negotiates the very best value for our customers, with offers on huge bed brands. To be described by the judges at last year’s industry awards as ‘one the finest furniture retailers, not just in the UK but maybe all of Europe,’ makes me very proud and a special thanks must go to Julie, who has put tremendous effort into making Glasswells the Outstanding Bed Store of the Year.”

Beds & Bedroom Experts at Glasswells, Bury St Edmunds

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8th September 2023

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