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Our heritage

A dedication to making quality kitchens since 1975

Our roots go back to the early 1970s, when Brian Lakin first started making furniture for friends and family in an old farm building in Barry. Now we have a modern, state of the art 60,000 sq ft factory that we call home. We love seeing the journey of our kitchens - from being built in our factory right through to being fitted at the home of its new owner.

1976

Our first showroom

Brian Lakin began making kitchens from his farm shed for family and friends, and in 1976, our first showroom was opened in Barry, Wales.

1982

Expansion

In 1982 we took on new staff, opened a new showroom in Swansea, and moved our manufacturing operations into a new 10,000 sq ft factory in Llandough, Cardiff.

1987

On the move again

We bought our current manufacturing site in Llantrisant in 1987, immediately creating 45 new jobs in the area, and 68 over the next 3 years.

1995

The Fire

The night of the 27th January 1995 will live long in our memory. An electrical fault caused a huge fire to engulf our factory in Llantrisant, leaving it entirely burnt down within a very traumatic 24 hours.

There was never any question of giving in - we had customer orders to fulfil and a loyal, dedicated workforce with families to support. Within days we found a temporary factory and were thrilled to make our first delivery just 8 days after the fire. Our customers remained loyal and each and every order was fulfilled - we were bolstered by fantastic support from fantastic customers placing their faith in us with their orders and our team worked tirelessly to recover the business.

1996

Rising from the ashes

We rebuilt our factory during the year and moved in over Christmas to start production in January 1996. It was 12 months I’ll never forget. The following year, in 1997, we then opened our Newport and Warton showrooms.

2003

New showrooms

In 2003, we bought County Kitchens and opened new showrooms in Surrey and Sussex. 

2015

Investment

In 2015 we invested £1.6m into expanding and modernising our factory, increasing our output to 1,500 cabinets per week, and making it even more environmentally friendly.