A 70-YEAR-OLD furniture maker is anticipating an influx of contracts after securing a high-profile agreement.

Godfrey Syrett is now on the Crown Commercial Service’s (CCS) residential furniture framework.

Bosses say it means the business, which makes goods in a factory at Langley Moor, near Durham City, is in line for work with public sector and central Government customers, including the Ministry of Defence.

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They added the framework, which has an estimated value of £19m, will run for an initial two years, with potential for it to be extended for a further two years.

During this time, Godfrey Syrett will design, make and install living and dining furniture for the Ministry of Defence’s UK-wide accommodation portfolio.

The firm, which has a working partnership with the Ministry of Defence spanning more than 20 years, recently completed a £1.8m contract in Wiltshire, which involved the transformation of RAF Lyneham into a Defence College of Technical Training.

Paul Hutchinson, Godfrey Syrett’s business development manager, said: “We are pleased to have secured a place on this significant framework, which will enable us to share our expertise with the next generation of defence accommodation projects.

“Projects of this nature require innovative solutions that are attractive, functional and durable, and this framework will allow us to build on a number of successful projects we have already completed with the Ministry of Defence.”

Godfrey Syrett, which also has a distribution centre on Belmont Industrial Estate, on the outskirts of Durham City, last month hailed a “tremendous” year in the education sector following the completion a number of Scottish school refurbishments.

It also appointed a new boss earlier in the year to support its pursuit of a £50m goal. Mark Dixon is now chief executive and chairman, and has raised the company’s growth target from £40m to £50m, which he plans to achieve by 2020.