About us

Our Story

We began life in 1976 when Ted Smith, a typewriter engineer, was sick of seeing too many tatty and tired desks during his work, so he decided to design and build a desk in his garden shed. Fast forward over 30 years, a management buy out saw Ted’s son-in-law, Julian take over the business. Remaining independent and family run.

True uk manufacturers in the heart of the north-west

Design2000 was the name of our first desking range. Built to last, it was soon a firm favourite with police authorities, higher education and constructions sectors, right across the UK. From desking to then storage, we started making furniture in the 1990’s. Always a proud Bolton-based business, we brought all our operations to a single 180,000sq ft site in 1999.

Today, we have grown to 200,000sq ft and employ more than 200 people. Our Investors in People award demonstrates how much we value our workforce. They are expertly skilled to design, produce and install superb workspace furniture. We are proud to be a “True UK Manufacturer” and share with you the benefits of high-quality British goods.