Global Furniture Alliance is a UK based importer and sales agency of both leather and fabric upholstery, from overseas furniture manufacturers. Located close to the old Severn Bridge between Bristol and Newport. GFA operates from a stock warehouse with distribution facilities, offices and pre-packaged spare parts service.


The Executive Director, Tim Painter and the Managing Director, James Painter have a long and successful track record in the furniture industry, some 50 years between them. 

In 1979, Tim left hotel management when a client offered him a Directorship of a Christie Tyler manufacturing plant. This Group was making close to a third of all UK upholstery, and employed 8000+ people on 30 or more sites. In 1991, he left to set up his own Furniture agency working with top European sofa and chair manufacturers, bringing his younger brother James into the business a few years later.

The Company went from strength to strength, particularly when it changed its sourcing focus from Europe to Asia almost 14 years ago. GFA has steadily built its reputation by concentrating on developing swivel motion chairs to suit all tastes and price targets. 2017 has been an exciting year for GFA with moving into a new building, expanding offices and spare parts warehouses!

Many years on James is now sole owner of the company, with older brother Tim taking a step back from the helm. James heads product development, Far East liaison and sales, backed by a loyal team of sales agents covering all parts of the UK.

Backed by an experienced team of sales, service and account personnel, GFA is viewed by many retail clients, both multiple and Independents, as a top rate product source - both for pricing, quality and importantly, post sales service. Further product lines are now available including accent chairs, massage chairs, motion and fixed sofas.

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