We are proud of our roots. Manchester is where it all started for us and the Hyde branch and Denton Head Office continue to act as the beating hearts of the business up north.
Shawston became a truly national business when our branch network expanded into London. The London branch continues to supply a vast product range to the South of England and has rapidly become our biggest customer base.
Our journey over the last 50 years has seen us venture into new and developing market sectors, establish a nationwide network of 5 branches, design a healthy M&A plan to expand our customer reach, and create an employee-owned culture that is the envy of many.
Forever Shawston is built upon the foundations of delivering unrivalled customer service and industry leading product quality.
"To be a great place to work with a passionate and committed team providing unrivalled customer service, delivering a quality product enabling us to be the market leader in our industry."
In the beginning…
In 2001 Shawston was the subject of a MBI by the current management team. When acquired Shawston had an annual turnover of just £750k per year and employed 10 people out of a single depot in Hyde. It would be the great business minds of the founder members that would provide the strategy which would see the company blossom into the 120 people business it is today with an annual turnover of £25m.
Spreading our wings
The founder owners quickly realised that London was a huge market and expanded Shawston into its second depot in Maidenhead. It rapidly outgrew the Maidenhead depot and is now located in a 28,000 sq m depot in the Sands Industrial Park in High Wycombe where it provides fire protection and mechanical services products to the south of England.
Modernising our operational platform
Securing the tube supply chain
Branching out across the border
A truly national presence
Creating a ‘Forever Shawston’
Seizing new opportunities
Developing our M&A Strategy
Growing organically has always been a key objective of the Shawston Group, we are always looking at increasing our capacity to nurture our core business and maximise shareholder value. Operating from a large 22,500 sq. ft. warehouse facility in Cheshire, the acquisition of LKA Tubes Ltd will allow us to maintain a deeper stock holding to further service our national distribution footprint.
From strength to strength
Today Shawston are widely recognised as the ONLY UK SUPPLIER to service Mechanical Services Contractors, Commercial Fire Sprinkler Contractors, Dry and Wet Riser Contractors, and Residential Fire Contractors. With a thriving employee ownership culture, a young and dynamic leadership team that is the envy of our competition, and a strong balance sheet, the future for Shawston looks long and bright.