Company with Gareth Bale and Gordon Ramsay as clients posts record year

Growth | Manufacturing | Retail | South West

A company that supplies built to order glass display cabinets is up 65% on last year’s sales.

Designex Cabinets Ltd – which is part of the £10m strong East Manor Group – has seen revenues shoot up thanks to an increased marketing drive, together with the acquisition of some high-profile clients such as Gareth Bale and Gordon Ramsay.

Chairman Jerry Webb says that profits are also healthy at the company.

He also says its ability to target a diverse number of sectors has helped to fuel the businesses’ growth.

Jerry commented: “The product has always been best in class but in the last couple of years we’ve really driven the business in a bid to boost sales and grow the company. This has seen us target new markets and acquire some high-profile customers.”

Amongst the key sectors Designex target are small to medium sizes companies, private collectors, jewellers, auctioneers, school, colleges, sports clubs, hotels, company boardrooms and reception areas, sports clubs, dentists, clinics and salons.

Private collectors also use the business, for a variety of reasons.

Phil Tonks, who is Production Manager at the company, is confident about the next quarter for the business.

He said: “Our vision is to double revenues again this year and after that we’d like to open a new manufacturing base. The future is bright for the business because there are so many destinations for our product and we’re seeing demand grow significantly.”

The company was founded in the early 1990s and taken over by Tim Farr and Barry Newman in 2002. They ran the company for fourteen years, before it was bought by Jerry Webb in 2015 – who is Chairman of the East Manor Group, having previously been Managing Director of CDW Systems Ltd – a manufacturer of high-end aluminium windows and doors.

Jerry bought the company due to the products being made of aluminium and glass, material he had been involved with since 1987 – working for and running various businesses in the industry.

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