History

Like many successful businesses, Waverley started in a shed in the garden. The year was 1983, the garden was in Godalming, Surrey, in the council borough of Waverley (hence the name). A simple, buy-sell operation including installation was started by the owner servicing domestic and commercial clients in the local area. It wasn’t long before the owner employed a secretary to help with the finance and admin duties. Alison still works at the company today!

1983

Waverley moved to the ‘Old Fire Station’ in Witley, Godalming to give the company room to grow. The small workshop area provided enough space for a curtain & cubicle track bending equipment and Waverley became a market leader in Silent Gliss cubicle track fabrication and installation.

1988

The founding owner passed ownership onto his brother and the business continued it’s slow but steady growth. Waverley became the supplier and installer of curtain tracks for the John Lewis Partnership. Sales into the commercial sector and schools began to flourish.

1994

The company was bought by the current owners. Passionate about customer service, they made the bold decision to focus solely on the commercial and education sector. This enabled staff to provide better service levels which were immediately rewarded by a dramatic increase in sales to main contractors and schools.

2000

Waverley moved to new, larger premises in Farnham, Surrey. To improve lead times and give more flexibility, the owners invested in their first roller blind production equipment which was quickly followed by vertical blind production. Waverley was now a manufacturer, giving their growing sales and project management team greater control over the entire process.

2002

A decision was made to buy recently vacated premises across the street. These premises were approximately 8 times bigger than the existing accommodation and allowed the manufacturing operation some much needed room to expand.

2005

Waverley continues to grow through the recession thanks to a loyal customer base. Continued interest from architects and specifiers leads Waverley to realign its product portfolio and the ShadeTech brand is first specified on projects.

2008

Waverley adds external canopies to its product portfolio after requests from its customers in the education sector. The WeatherSpan brand is born.

2013

A large investment in product literature, samples and a website positions the ShadeTech brand as one of the better known solar shading brands in the commercial and education sector.
Waverley increases its' partnership with RIBA and creates a RIBA approved CPD presentation to help specifiers discover the important role that correctly specified window blinds play in creating environments that benefit the occupant and the environment.

2014

Waverley secures the window blinds package for the prestigious Centre Point project in London to cement it’s place at the forefront of the industry in the capital.

2016

The company continues to grow both in terms of sales and staff. Whilst it couldn’t claim to be an overnight success story, Waverley’s steady organic growth over more than 30 years is thanks to a strong foundation in customer service and a culture of continuous improvement. As the flow of enquiries from the Midlands and North increases, Waverley increase their reach with the appointment of sales staff in Cheshire. A dedicated team to service the high-end residential market is added as our knowledge of motorised blinds is sought after in the residential AV and home automation sector.

2017