" Its great to have recognition for all our hard work over the last five years."
An online furniture store set up by a young entrepreneur five years ago has won a national award.
Paul Randall, 31, set up Rainbow Zebra from his family home in Almondsbury and struggled to make ends meet.
But now the firm’s success has been recognised by the Online Business Awards (OBA) – winning the Office Equipment, Supplies and Furniture category.
Paul, who is set to hit a million-pound turnover this year, said: “I’m delighted to receive this award. It’s great to have recognition for all our hard work over the last five years.
“It’s good to show to potential customers that we have been awarded for being a user-friendly website. It will also help us to stand out in a crowded market.”
Rainbow Zebra was selected for having an easy to use website, with a lot of product information and reviews. Its emphasis is on customer service.
The firm was presented with a trophy and given permission to use the OBA logo on their website.
The OBA, in association with Talk Business, focuses on enterprising UK companies with a powerful online presence.
Dominic Lill, online editor at Talk Business, said: “Paul truly shows what hard work, persistence and entrepreneurial spirit can do.
In the short space of five years, Rainbow Zebra has gone from strength to strength - shown by the recognition gained from winning the Office Equipment, Supplies and Furniture category at the Online Business Awards.
‘With a beautifully designed website and user friendly online service, not to mention the great deals, Rainbow Zebra is exactly what SMEs need when looking for new office furniture.”
The OBA is an impartial, independent and objective award, which aims to recognise the best SME business website and mobile site experiences in Britain.
Paul, a former Almondsbury School and Marlwood pupil, left a potential retail career with Marks and Spencer to set out alone.
He had little experience of selling online but taught himself the basics of online marketing and internet best practice before working with web developers to launch the site.
He has since taken on a sales executive, Jo Nelmes, and is looking to take on more staff in 2017.
Rainbow Zebra, which prides itself on low price but great customer service, has a warehouse in Thornbury.
* For more information, visit www.rainbowzebra.co.uk/