AboutNot unlike many small companies in this sector of the construction industry, the company started with one man and a van.
Philip Whear, then a schoolmaster teaching construction, design and technology (CDT) in a public school in Wiltshire wanted to return to his native Cornwall. After considerable thought he decided to risk giving up his very comfortable existence in teaching to learn the trade of uPVC door and window manufacture and fitting, believing he could add his existing design skills in due course. After three years ‘on the tools’ he was ready, in 1985, to start his own business. Starting out, Philip was working 60 to 80-hour weeks primarily selling and fitting doors and windows made by his former employers, on his own with one van in Redruth, Camborne, Hayle, Helston, Penzance and interlying villages
The next step was to undertake manufacture of his own products, improving in many areas on the products he previously had ‘bought in’. With this came expansion to a workforce of 8 and a small factory premises in Redruth. This growth also allowed a move into the growing conservatory market which is where Philip’s particular talents and developmental interests lay. Further expansion in 1993 also meant being able to cover the whole of West Cornwall, being west of a line drawn roughly from north of Rock on the north coast down to Fowey on the south coast. This remains the primary area of business activity, with the occasional foray further up-country or out to the Scilly Isles. Another development shortly afterwards was the installation of a painting booth and oven, which allows all the white uPVC, woodgrain uPVC and all timber products to be painted in any colours.
Today, almost 25 years on, the company occupies a prominent corner site on Pool Industrial Estate with a workforce of around 28. Continued product development and ever-improving customer service remain Philip Whear’s key focus as the company continues to manufacture conservatories, doors and windows in UPVC and timber – in any colour - and is proud to be able to say ‘Made in Cornwall’.
We believe we have the best technically qualified workforce in West Cornwall if not the West of England. Almost all of our current window and door fabricators and fitters are NVQ2 qualified craftsmen, and of these almost half are already working towards their NVQ3 level qualifications. All of our sales and technical staff have an appropriate degree or degree-level professional qualifications, together with many years of experience. Even our receptionist has an HND in Information Technology. We aim to put all that technical expertise at your disposal when you want the best, or have a desire for a bespoke conservatory which demands an innovative or technical solution.
Mission Statement‘Our objective is complete customer satisfaction. To achieve this we offer ever improving service, design, choice, quality and technology’.
We will strive to ensure that we have fully trained, knowledgeable and commercially aware staff who can give our customers the utmost confidence that we will provide bespoke designs and superior products in a wide range of materials and colours. We will continue to develop an unequalled, comprehensive and reliable service with guarantees that are fully honoured. We will continue to manufacture our own frames in our own premises in Cornwall, keeping quality control in-house and offering local employment. It is important to us that our name is synonymous with design and product integrity; with quality materials, construction and craftsmanship. It is of equal importance that we can proudly say our products are 'Made in Cornwall'.