• Our History

    History of SMG

    Founded in Reading, Berkshire in late 1968 by 12 independent carpet and furniture retailers, the Group soon established itself across the South of England under the name of Southern Marketing Group.


    By the mid 70’s, SMG had expanded nationwide and in 1979, the organisation changed its name to the more apt ‘SMG The National Furnishing Group’.


    Initially, the Group’s membership was predominantly complete house furnishers but with the property boom of the 1980’s and the demise of many independent furniture specialists, a major change of direction took place which led to SMG becoming one of the strongest Carpet and Flooring Groups in the UK.


    Having recently celebrated it’s 40th year SMG continues to specialise in ensuring that the superb relationships with the UK’s top suppliers gains the maximum benefit for the membership.


    SMG has rigorously maintained and defended its long standing philosophy of working closely with its approved suppliers in the belief that a strong and equally supportive partnership automatically brings the best benefits and rewards to the retail membership. SMG are delighted to have reached this milestone as it substantiates this philosophy.


    Currently SMG has just over 300 Members, the largest of the Groups, and is always interested in talking to independent retailers who would like the strength of a Group behind them. Please visit the contact us page if you have any further quesitons or would like to talk to someone about membership.



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