Akula Living Cocoon BK lifestyleAkula, a high end outdoor furniture supplier to mainly Hotels, Resorts and Spas worldwide, is based in Wetherby, Yorkshire.

Their Calne office is run by Mike Weston and Costas Kyprianides.

Akula historically sold yarns and textiles but branched out into selling outdoor furniture to the UK market two years ago. The decision was then taken to go global. This is where the international sales skills of Mike and Costas, who both live locally, were required.

Mike Weston was International Sales Director of a competitor in the furniture industry and before that he worked mostly in the Motor trade, originally for Volvo UK as a Regional Manager, followed by a move to become the Middle East/ North Africa Sales Director for Ferrari/Maserati, based in The Emirates.

Costas Kyprianides has a background in furniture sales for the last thirteen years, both in the UK and Internationally. Prior to this Costas has worked with household names such as Thermos, Denby, Hitachi and Yamaha.

As a result of Mike and Costas efforts, Akula are now preferred suppliers to Marriott, Hilton and Thomson, among other iconic names in the hospitality sector. They have also recently completed a contract to supply furniture for the Star Alliance First Class lounge for Air New Zealand at Los Angeles International Airport.

Akula have completed another contract with The Juicy Oasis in Portugal as well as retail supplies to Germany, Hungary, Poland, Sweden, Morroco and Florida in the USA.tractor 121193

In the UK Akula supply Costco and end of lines to Achica.

Akula attend international trade shows every year. The most prestigious of these being Maison et Objet in September in Paris. Other shows are in Valencia, Koln and Milan, where Akula aim to meet distributors, detailers and interior designers.

Long term Akula are planning to branch out into interior furnishings for bedrooms and lounge bars in hotels.

Akula can be contacted on [email protected] or [email protected] Akula logo (258x121)

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Alistair Fenwick

Educated at a local grammar school, before attending college in London and working on various projects in the Middle and Far East. Founded Carlton Business Centre in 1992 using the ethos that it should be easy for businesses to make the move to a business centre in an as user friendly way as possible. Having run a number of his own companies he is well aware of the requirements of potential and existing tenants. Alistair has a son who works in London and a daughter who lives and works in Dubai. He has two grandchildren. He has an interest in two further businesses, as well as keeping fit and participating in a number of different sports.

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