Nominated for:
Best business to work for

Best small business

Formerly known as The Rug House, Kukoon.com was set up by brother and sister team Clare and Paul Vallely in 2007 and ships thousands of rugs worldwide every week to around 30 countries. As successful international traders, the pair is keen to create a brand which reflects this – one that will be instantly recognisable and which customers will equate with quality, reliability and excellent service.

Paul & Clare grew from a small bedroom operation to one of the biggest rug sellers in the UK & Ireland. Their father sold rugs in the local market & they saw the potential of the product online. They then acquired a loan (car loan) to buy the first container.

I am exceptionally proud of the how both I and my sister Clare has grown our rug business from a small bedroom operation to one of the biggest rug sellers in the UK & Ireland. Our mother and father sold rugs in the local market and we saw the potential of the product online. We then acquired a loan (car loan) to buy our first container of rugs and it has continued to grow since. (I never did get that car) We have maintained the family business nature of the business as both Clare and me still run the business together and our mother also works in the office with us along with 26 other employees. We keenly support local people in the Newry area and are a big advocate of encouraging those employed to recommend friends and family for any new positions.

What town/city are you based in?
Newry Northern Ireland (Ireland)

Number of generations
2nd generation

Industry
Retail & Wholesale – Home, Garden & Lifestyle

Number of employees
11-50

Twitter
@KukoonRugs

Website
www.kukoon.com