About us and our business in Whitstable and Kent.
Currently I (Danny) have 14 years experience (2013) but heres how it all begun…
I started in this trade working with my dad who has 30 years experience within the industry, we run a small manufacturing company which started in Wye. We then moved to a larger premises nearer to home in Whitstable working together for four and a half years, we mainly manufactured roller blinds, vertical blinds and curtains. We secured a very good customer base working on many of the MOD barracks around the south of the country, also running 3-5 large market stalls selling the blinds that we made and would serve any customers that came across us along the way. We built this business mainly from customer recommendation or referral.
Then I was approached by the manager of C&H Fabrics in Canterbury asking me to help him with some freelance fitting work, this ended up after only a few month turning into an offer of a full time job with C&H fabrics as their employed fitter for the Canterbury branch. My Dad advised me to accept the offer to gain experience from another firm and get a wider view on how others do things within the industry. I worked for C&H fabrics Canterbury for around two and a half years before deciding to go self employed as this would again open new doors for me.
Since working directly for C&H, I now still regularly work for them every week but as a freelance fitter, also regularly working for a number of other companies including Cantium Contracts, Bang and Olufsen Canterbury, Designer Touch in Bearsted, Fabric Warehouse Maidstone, Riverdale Interiors, Idea Works. I do work for a few other companys. curtain makers or small scale firms that mainly work from home and call me as and when they need me.
My Dad (Tony) now works along side me in the manufacturing side of the business or if we have a larger fitting job, bringing with him 30 years experience. In which time he has under gone many extensive projects including working for the Queen Mother, an Arab Prince and ALL 14000+ curtains at the Olympic village living areas where the athletes were staying. So I think we can safely say he’s seen a few windows in his time as a draper.
"The blinds have transformed all of the rooms and we are very pleased." M Milsom.