Evertaut has over 80 years' experience in seating production, having been established in the 1930's as a manufacturer of industrial furniture for factories and offices. Although the company has undergone many changes over the years, its focus on quality manufacturing and customer care has ensured it has consistently remained a key player in the commercial seating market.
At Evertaut today we actively seek to bring added value products to our customers and regularly work with designers and architects to achieve this. Continual investment in plant, people and product design has resulted in continued success and underpins our position as specialists in seating with a long-term future in seating manufacture.
Evertaut is established by JB Brooks & Co of Birmingham, a manufacturer of leather bicycle saddles and accessories, and founder of the Antler luggage brand. It is set up as a separate division to make modernist furniture from tubular steel.
1930's & 1940's
With cutting edge designs and quality workmanship, Evertaut has earned a reputation as specialists in seating and becomes a market leader, supplying a wide range of well-known institutions such as the GPO and London Airport as well as factories and workplaces across the UK.
Evertaut factory opens in Darwen, Lancashire to handle the seating manufacture.
Shopfitting specialists Harris & Sheldon acquire JB Brooks Industries division which comprises over 10 companies including Evertaut.
The front cover of Evertaut’s latest brochure features its range of office furniture photographed at Birmingham Airport. This was the same year that international flights became available from the airport.
Evertaut is now an international company, selling seating and furniture all over the world. It has become the UK’s largest exporter of office seating.
Evertaut now operates 3 factories in Darwen, with seating manufacture based at Cross Street, contracts and shop fitting at Two Gates (pictured below), and woodworking operations at Greenfield Mill. The latter manufactures wooden furniture for the likes of Habitat.
Evertaut Contracts Ltd is set up as a separate division, manufacturing seating, shopping trolleys and shop fittings for leading retailers such as Marks & Spencer and the British Shoe Corporation. It also manufactures gas fire components for Robinson Willey and Baxi.
Evertaut is acquired by Wassall, a shoe retailer recently purchased by three investors who transform it into a holding company with plans to develop a diversified group of companies. At this point Evertaut is the third largest manufacturer of office furniture in the UK. The following year, Hillé Ergonom furniture is also acquired by Wassall plc.
Evertaut and Hillé Ergonom are sold to new company, Idem Furniture Ltd. Idem-Evertaut becomes a trade name of Idem Furniture who produce furniture including propylene bucket chairs, designed by Robin Day under the Idem-Hillé brand, and high quality seating and desking solutions under the Evertaut brand.
Idem Evertaut Ltd is incorporated as a new company. By this time significant down-sizing has taken place and the company now operates from a single site at Two Gates. The focus is now on seating manufacture, with Evertaut having also diversified into auditorium seating as a result of its link with Hillé. The auditorium seating division of Hillé ceases trading although the company continues under new ownership selling chairs, stools and tables. It still exists as a separate company today.
Following a management buy-out by 3 employees, the company begins trading under the Evertaut Ltd name once again.
Evertaut moves from Darwen to its current location at Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn.
One of the 3 Directors resigns and Evertaut Ltd continues trading under the joint ownership of the remaining 2 Directors.
Director, Nigel Smalley takes full ownership of Evertaut Ltd following retirement of his co-Director. The company logo is redesigned to the latest version still used today.
Nigel continues to be the sole owner of Evertaut Ltd having now been with the company for almost 40 years. Nigel joined the business as a Warehouse Operative in 1981 and worked his way up the career ladder. Little did he know back then that one day he would own the company!
The current Evertaut business is split between auditorium and stadium seating and office and general seating. A wide range of Evertaut vintage seating can still be found in antiques shops and on auction sites as these iconic designs have stood the test of time.