Launched in 1976 from a garden shed in Bolton, the family-run business has increased turnover by 8 percent in the past twelve months on the back of an ambitious business development strategy which included a re-brand, product launches and expansion into new markets.
Boasting a 300-strong workforce, and 180,000 sq ft manufacturing facility and HQ in Horwich, it also has premises in the design district of London, Clerkenwell, and serve the Middle East via a distributor network.
The brand, that is celebrating its 40th birthday, has made significant investments this year to support the introduction of the Gresham Design Collection, an exciting range developed in collaboration with some of the UK’s best product designers, as well as developing relationships in new markets and strengthening Gresham Bespoke, its specialist service giving customers the opportunity to procure one-off pieces made to specific requirements.
Gresham was named ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ at the Mixology North Awards 2016. Organised by Mix Interiors, the awards recognize the key players in the Northern interiors market and are judged by an independent panel of architects, designers, creative and consultants.
Case studies: Moneypenny Headquarters in Wrexham
“Rip up the rule book and create a space that inspires” – this was the brief for the new 91,000 sq ft Moneypenny Headquarters in Wrexham. The building brings staff from five offices under one roof and features a village pub, stadium seating and a treehouse boardroom.
Bespoke designed 120-degree workstations including acoustic desktop divider screens, Platinum Squared task chairs, Bench2 workstations and tables.
Working closely with the client, Gresham designed, manufactured and supplied 600 bespoke 120-degree workstations for use across the main office floors. This process included the production of initial prototype desks and acoustic panels which allowed stakeholders to ‘try out’ and evaluate the quality and appropriateness of the solution before mass production began. Task chairs from the Platinum Squared range were chosen for use alongside the workstations to provide staff with a high level of ergonomic comfort and were manufactured in a variety of bright colours to tie in with the wider interior design scheme.
Ed Reeves, Co-Founder at Moneypenny, said: “The objective for this project was to create something amazing, our dream headquarters and a place in which our staff would be truly happy to work. And how did we achieve this? We asked our staff what was important to them and formed focus groups that kept them involved all the way through the project. Gresham quickly understood the approach we were taking and took it to the next level by designing a workstation to meet the specific needs of our call centre staff, and even allowed them to try it out before finalising the design and putting it into production. The result is that we have a great looking workspace with great looking, great quality furniture which our team are happy to use day in, day out.”
Tel: 01204 664422
Gresham Office Furniture Limited, Platinum Park, Lynstock Way, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 4SA Tel: 01204 664422