Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022

55 | Midlands Enterprise Awards 2022 style. This is all part of Larkin’s focus on ensuring that when its customers walk out of the door, they are delighted with their purchase. Its displays are staged to help inspire clients and it is constantly evolving in its mission to provide an enjoyable and thought-provoking go-to shopping destination, creating an exciting and enjoyable experience for all its customers. Additionally, it offers customers free on site parking to further enhance this experience. It maintains tremendous pride in its customer service and satisfaction; whether it’s delivered or the customer collects, Larkin’s likes to ensure all of its customers are 100% satisfied with every aspect of their experience. Passion, commitment, and knowledge make it what it has become; John Larkin is the only person that buys for the business, so everything in the shop is genuine and authentic from the era marked on the tags. “They all have my personal Purchasing antique furniture and associated memorabilia is a different game from purchasing more modern items. Customers are looking for style, authenticity, and an understanding of how things will look in their homes. John Larkin of Larkin’s Antiques brought in much pride and dedication when he established his shop, bringing his family’s passion and expertise into this new endeavour. “If it makes you smile, buy it or marry it!” A quote from John Larkin, the 3rd generation antique dealer who established Larkin’s in October 2019. Coming from a family background in antiques and, having set up his first shop in Bradford in the early 80s, he brings his knowledge of unique pedigree and experience to Larkin’s. Located in the riverside market town of Belper and open seven days a week, including Bank Holidays, it caters to all clients, mainly private buyers looking for that particular period item, commercial clients for hotel or property restoration projects, film prop companies or other antique dealers. It provides a well-presented, tidy and spacious showroom area allowing clients to see how any item may look in their home or space. Being based in Belper is a substantial positive. A busy, historic, picturesque market town situated within the World Heritage Site, of Derwent Valley Mills in Derbyshire brings people from far and wide. Primarily because it is based out of an old cotton mill and very firmly commits to the style of the products it buys and sells, Larkin’s has become a point of fascination and interest to its client base. The antiques and decorative interiors that Larkin’s specialises in are mainly furniture from the 18th and 19th to early and mid-20th centuries, along with decorative items. These items range from lighting to pictures and clocks to other interesting statement pieces. The leading philosophy of the business is, “We buy with our hearts, beautiful things that ‘we’ love!”, which has led to a rather eclectic collection of timeless and elegant pieces that hold a place in the heart of both the owner and the shop’s customers. Brand and image are essential too. Therefore, everything it does is designed to be instantly recognisable as the unique Larkin’s look and Antique Store of the Year – Derbyshire Jul22364 “fingerprint” on them, so to speak – it’s from my eye that its “desirable by design” distinctive look has developed and evolved.” Larkin’s is constantly progressing to develop and improve its internet presence. It already has a good following on Facebook and plans to develop other social media channels and invest time in growing its online presence. Beyond that, it continually improves and expands its collection and delivery service. Plans for next year include the potential appointment of a logistics manager – and a marketing manager – to take Larkin’s Antiques to the next level. Antique furniture will always be a fascinating and niche market for those who know what they are looking for and those who never knew it’s what they wanted. Larkin’s Antiques has done an exceptional job of providing an expansive range of pieces from multiple centuries and periods. That range – and the passionate and helpful service accompanying it – is precisely why it has comfortably won the Antique Store of the Year award in Derbyshire. Contact: John Larkin Company: Larkin’s Web Address: https://www.larkinsantiques.co.uk