Direct Furniture Ltd prosecution


Direct Furniture Ltd were fined a total of £7,000 for breaches of a Fire Safety Order at one of their retail outlets on Station Hill, Bury St Edmunds.

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service was also awarded costs of £3,385.

The case was brought following a complaint about the fire safety arrangements in Direct Furniture PLC’s Station Hill property. Fire Officers investigated concerns regarding fire exits and found that these were not being maintained to an acceptable standard. In addition, they also discovered that there was a lack of a suitable fire risk assessment for the property.

Deputy Chief Fire Officer Mark Sanderson said:

“This case involved many hours of work and investigation by our fire safety officers, whose job is to support businesses to comply with legislation but also to keep people who work in and visit buildings safe. This should send a clear message to those who disregard fire safety that there are consequences for not following the law.”

Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, Councillor Matthew Hicks said:

“Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service always tries to support businesses in Suffolk to make it as easy as possible for them to comply with fire safety advice and legislation. Helping businesses to grow and prosper is a really important consideration for us but we also need to keep people safe.”

Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service is holding two Business Safety Seminars, supported by Capita, in Bury St Edmunds, between 9:30am to 11:30am and 2pm to 4pm on Thursday 10 September. The seminars, which will be held at Equis House, 4 Eastern Way, Bury St Edmunds are aimed at businesses in Suffolk and particularly in and around the Bury St Edmunds area.

The purpose of the seminars is to promote fire safety in businesses and raise awareness so that business owners can grow their businesses and operate in a safe way. The message of the campaign is KEEP IT SIMPLE AND SAFE.

The seminars are timed to coincide with UK Business Safety Week 2015, which is from 7 to 10 September.

To book a place on 10 September call Suffolk Fire and Rescue Service on 01473 260588 or email