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Milestones have often been reached at significant personal sacrifice, therefore for our annual anniversary round up, it gives us great pleasure to reflect on some of the good stuff.

In a world too often focused on the negative, we are more than happy to shine the light in the right direction – simply because they are one year older – happy birthday y’all.

BDP 1961 – 55 years

Multi award winning architectural practice with six offices across the UK and five overseas

Elite Office Furniture 1986 – 30 years

Moved into brand new 22,692 sq m factory, providing major economic boost for the
local economy

Gresham 1976 – 40 years

Occupying an impressive 10-acre site, the Bolton based independent company is run by the evergreen Julian Roebuck

WCEC Group 1976 – 40 years

WCEC Group is an outstanding national design group based in Chesterfield with five directors and three further regional hubs

Ultrafabrics 1966 – 50 years

Pioneer in polyurethane synthetic leather, with Jonathan Hinton leading from the (UK) front

Reps 2011 – 5 years

Reps (Real Estate Project Solutions) helps clients relocate, refurbish and move office. Reps also works with companies to understand the impact of relocation and help them manage effectively in new operating environments. Led by Jerry Williams and Caroline Pearce-Browne, Reps has just celebrated five years in the business, having already won industry awards (BCO Fit-Out last year) and landed prestigious contracts, with clients including Bank of China, AJ Gallagher and Tikehau.

KIs Postura+ 1996 – 20 years

Postura was the first one-piece polypropylene chair introduced to the UK education market in 1996 and has been manufactured locally since 2008. Over the past 20 years, KI Europe’s iconic Postura+ has become the UK’s most popular classroom chair and has helped generations of students across the UK to reach their true potential.

The ergonomic design, durable construction and vibrant colours of Postura+ help create the learning environments that students love. Having been specified for the 2015 RIBA award winning Burntwood School earlier this year, it’s clear that Postura+ will continue to support future generations of students.

Squire & Partners 1976 – 40 years

A British architectural firm of formidable reputation and not short of some impressive examples of their work over 40 years


Hitch Mylius 1971 – 45 years

Founded by designers Tristram and Hazel Mylius. With all products prefixed with ‘hm’ they are now showing hm991 range

BRI04N-Octavia-BeigeJohnson Tiles 1901 – 115 years

One of the most creative manufacturing companies in the UK with a deep rooted loyalty to its Staffordshire home. Each Johnson Tiles manufactured product contains up to 12% recycled ceramic material.

Ergon Chair 1976 – 40 years

The era of ergonomic task seating began thanks to this collaboration between the late, great Bill Stumpf and Herman Miller

Paragon 1986 – 30 years

Winner of the Mixology North ‘Fit-Out Company of the Year’, this £46m Midlands success story is clearly a good place to be right now after being recognised for the second time in The Sunday Times accolade ‘100 Best Small Companies to Work For 2016’

solus-2Solus Ceramics 1996 – 20 years

Solus Ceramics, a leading supplier of innovative and inspiring architectural wall and floor tiles, kicks off its 20th anniversary year this month. Solus Ceramics is an established porcelain, ceramic, glass, metal and natural stone tile supplier, offering a huge range of over 100,000 products, directly sourced from manufacturing partners.

Working with architects, interior designers and other professional specifiers, the company delivers technical and aesthetic solutions into a wide variety of tiling projects across Europe.

Milliken 1866 – 150 years

‘Innovation has been at the heart of Milliken’s success since 1865,’ explains Joe Salley, President and CEO of Milliken. ‘From our early beginnings as a general store, we have transformed from an investor to manufacturer to innovator in operations and R&D. That enables the development of products and services that can change how we think about textiles, performance materials etc.’

Brunner GmbH + Co 1976 – 40 years

Brunner GmbH + Co celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2016. Led in the UK by the charming David Shirley, who himself celebrates an impressive 45 years in the industry this year.

BIID 1966 – 50 years

The British Institute of Interior Design will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary Year in 2016. BIID President Daniel Hopwood comments, ‘The British Institute of Interior Design is the pre-eminent professional organisation for interior designers in the UK. Our growing national and international membership represents both the commercial and residential sectors, from heritage to cutting edge. In addition to rigorous entry requirements which assess training, experience and professionalism, we require our members to continue their professional development throughout their career to ensure continued expertise in design processes, practice and regulatory matters.’

Hansgrohe 1991 – 25 years

In 2016, Hansgrohe celebrates 25 successful years in the UK. ‘During that time we are proud of our influence on changing the face of British bathrooms,’ UK MD Martin Mongan tells us. With design, quality and sustainability as core attributes, Hansgrohe has been specified for a wide range of high profile projects including Heathrow’s Terminal 5, Shangri-La at The Shard and Battersea Power Station – Phase 1. Industry leading innovations like the Raindance shower family in 2003 – the first hand shower to infuse water with air – has helped inspire us Brits to become a nation of showerers! Collaborations with celebrated international talents such as Philippe Starck and Antonio Citterio have ensured that specifiers have the latest designs, ergonomic operation and state-of-the-art colour finishes for their projects.

2016 is a landmark year, with Hansgrohe opening a new London specification centre – The Water Studio in Clerkenwell this Spring.

Canal-PhotoCanal 1996 – 20 years

In the mid 90’s, Canal Engineering bought the latest laser cutting equipment, enabling it to move into new areas of architectural manufacture and production.

Over the next six years there was a good deal of modernisation and streamlining, which caught the attention of John Lord, who acquired Canal Engineering, starting a large expansion programme. The company went on to employ 30% more people whilst increasing its turnover and further modernising its facilities and equipment.

It was only in 2002 that Canal Engineering identified that the strength it had developed in architectural metalwork would be the key area for growth. Projects were secured at the Urbis Centre and the new Imperial War Museum in Manchester, the Magna Centre in Sheffield and several private commissions from leading London-based architects, including Norman Foster himself.

Canal Engineering, today led by Martin Price, has been split into five separate divisions. The Canal Architectural division was established, and its bright orange branding has become synonymous with prestigious bespoke staircases and architectural metalwork, which has been installed in London, Jersey, Bermuda, Dubai and beyond.