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At Rock & Roost we are ridiculously passionate about bringing you, me; everybody, a new and affordable way to buy beautiful furniture, fabrics and antiques. Working with skilled artisans and sourcing our products directly, we cut out the middlemen, bypass high street overheads and pass on these savings to our customers.

We are Rock & Roost

“Working perfectly with our furniture, we will offer a range of beautiful designer fabrics, made with natural fibres that are hand printed or embroidered”

Also on offer will be an extensive array of rugs that start with low cost everyday use items, through to hand knotted, made to order carpets, using the finest wool and silk in both traditional and contemporary designs.

“Our History”

For those who want to add a touch of history to their contemporary living, we will offer a great selection of Indian antique furniture and other old world items, many of which go back 50 to 150 years. These can be enhanced by the many accessories we will have available including lighting and home décor.

As a company, we are already experts in systems to manage design through to delivery to the retail customer. Our software systems help companies like ASOS, Top Shop, Next, Arcadia and many others get good designs into the shops and online; this is our business. Applying the same systems, experience and processes to homeware will set us apart from other online retailers.

If you want to invest in Rock & Roost, then please follow the link. https://www.crowdcube.com/rockandroost

WHY CHOOSE US

We are having great success in the funding of our new business venture which will form a part of our already profitable technology business. Like Airbnb we plan to disrupt conventional markets with our new and streamline tech approach. If we are only mildly successful in 5 years, we will be up there amongst others who have the insight into how technology can change markets.

The UK furniture industry is a £20bn market and only 6% of sales take place online; that means 94% of trade takes place in traditional bricks and mortar businesses on the high street. As we all get more and more comfortable buying online, especially with new technology, this is going to change. So far the opportunities to buy furniture online haven't been good enough. It’s largely been done by the traditional retailers who’ve gone online, but they’re still hamstrung by the things that affect traditional retailers — slow design cycles, high costs of holding stock, low technology and high overheads; we aim to change that.

In progress at our development centre is a great new website for release 2nd quarter 2018 and we are aiming to bring in as much new technology as possible – Virtual Reality, Visualisation Techs and A.I. We fully understand that to enable our customers to buy online, the shopping experience must be as good if not better than on the high street, with no surprises when the product is delivered and offering much better value for money. New technology is starting to make this possible and we know that we can deliver.

Meet our team

We Are The Best Team

Jennie Rourke

CEO

Warwick graduate with 12 years’ experience in manufacture and retail. Worked with the UK’s best designers who supply brands like ASOS, Arcadia, John Lewis and Next.

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David Lloyd

Procurement

David is the founder of Rock & Roost and retired from the Board in September 2017. He is now responsible for sourcing and quality assurance. He is a qualified engineer. Career in aerospace and with IBM. 30 years working in import and manufacture.

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Bobby Console-Verma

Senior Manager

Holds several senior management roles. CEO of Tower Gate Capital now known as MJH Fund Management Solutions, COO and Partner of Emvest, an emerging market private equity fund. Kaleidoscope Capital, an investment advisory group. Innovify, a Venture Builder.
Bobby is a CEO with over 25 years' experience at top tier investment banks and brokerage firms including Credit Suisse, Nomura, Credit Trade and various Private Equity funds. He has significant experience in Private Equity, Real Estate and Hedge Funds with specialisation in European SME, Fund of Funds, Fintech, VC Tech, Credit Derivative markets and Financial Engineering.
He has extensive experience in real estate with hands on property development and investment experience since 1989. He has been involved with both period buildings (included Listed buildings) and new builds. He has owned and operated successful property related businesses including a bespoke joinery company and an interior design business - he has a passion for real estate.
Bobby says: "In a digitally dominated world it is refreshing to meet a strong team who have blended the tangible with the best of technology including data science and artificial intelligence - the company is Rock And Roost and I am delighted to have invested in them and to advise them going forward"

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Peter Marigold

Contemporary designer

Earned his B.A. in Fine Art and Sculpture from Central St. Martins in London in 1997, and his M.A. in Design Products, studying under Ron Arad, at the Royal College of Art in 2006. Early on, he worked in sculpture and theatrical and event scenography (props, costumes, sets, etc.), ultimately focusing primarily on furniture design. Clients include Paul Smith, Fendi, Sony, Gallery Libby Sellers, and Li Edelkoort, among others. His work has been exhibited at New York’s MoMA, Design Miami, Design Museum Holon, Victoria & Albert Museum, and the Design Museum in London. In June 2009, he was awarded the Designer of the Future Award by Design Miami.

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Dan Matthews

Content Professional

Content professional with years of experience writing for the national press. Provides consultancy to Grant Thornton and QA. Dan Matthews, freelance business journalist and author based in London and a former editor of BusinessEurope.com, Startups.co.uk and RealBusiness.co.uk as well as the founding editorial director of LondonLovesBusiness.com.
Dan has been freelancing for some of the UK’s biggest newspapers, websites and magazines, including The Telegraph, Newscred, Forbes.com and Raconteur reports in the Times newspaper. He is also write content and deliver media solutions to a host of big brands such as Santander, Heathrow, Vodafone and AVG.

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Carole King

Professional Designer/Blogger

Runs the Dear Designer’s blog, listed in UK's top 10 interior design blogs and shortlisted Vuelio Blog Awards 2017. Co-founder of Heart Home which was the the UK’s first digital only interiors magazine. Carole spends her days writing about interior design, following and documenting interiors trends, giving manufacturers and designers a platform to showcase their products and brand ethos.

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Jen Stanbrook

Professional Designer/Blogger

A multi-award winning interiors blogger, vlogger and presenter. Her blog, Love Chic Living is ranked as a top UK home and interiors blog and provides aspirational but achievable style for a family home. Freelance blogging has given Jen many exciting and fun opportunities including several European design tours, and last year, a move into Pinterest coaching and consultancy for brands and bloggers.
Jen says: "I’m thrilled to be supporting Rock and Roost during this exciting phase of the business, and look forward to helping them shape and develop a relevant and on-trend interiors collection".

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Shreyas Ohara (Chartered Accountant)

Finance Director

Manages all aspects of the Management Accounting for the business.
He has been heavily involved in preparing our detailed financial forecasts and has worked with Retailers and Manufacturers alike.

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Zuber Shaikh

Technical Director

Headed up our development centre in Pune for the past 6 years and was previously a Textile Manufacturing software specialist.
He has worked in the Carpet industry in India and is well acquainted with all of the Company’s software products.

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Vineet Khanduri

Production Director (India)

Spent many years in a manufacturing environment including a long production software for Honda Motors in Delhi. He is fully conversant with all aspects of the manufacturing processes involved in the fashion industry with strong experience in E-Commerce.
He did his Bachelors of Engineering from Pune University in the 1990s and his responsibility includes all aspects of product supply from our factories in Rajasthan.

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