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History

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.

Vintage Evertaut factory stool and chair
Typing pool in 1960s office with operators sat on Evertaut chairs
Businesswoman with mobile phone and FT newspaper sat on Evertaut reception seating in early 1990s
Evertaut office chairs upholstered in blue and red fabric
Evertaut lecture theatre seating

 

Evertaut Timeline

1933

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.

Evertaut vintage catalogue page

 

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 vintage factory chair and stool
Selection of vintage Evertaut advertising from The Times newspaper in 1940s

 

1956

Evertaut factory opens in Darwen, Lancashire to handle the seating manufacture.


 

1962

Shopfitting specialists Harris & Sheldon acquire JB Brooks Industries division which comprises over 10 companies including Evertaut.

Page from Evertaut 1960s brochure with man sat in waiting room on Evertaut seating

 

1966

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.

Front cover of Evertaut 1966 catalogue showing office furniture on field at Birmingham Airport with plane in background

 

1970's

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 Internation lorry transporting office furniture in the 1970s
Front cover of Evertaut 1970s office furniture brochure

 

1980's

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 Two Gates factory in Darwen
Group of images of Evertaut factory workers manufacturing seating

 

1981

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.

Range of Evertaut typist chairs from 1970s and early 80s

 

1988

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.


 

1997

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.

Evertaut reception seating and table from 1980s and 90s

 

2001

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.

Evertaut auditorium seating from early in the new millennium

 

2002

Following a management buy-out by 3 employees, the company begins trading under the Evertaut Ltd name once again.

Evertaut logo from 2002

 

2004

Evertaut moves from Darwen to its current location at Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn.

Evertaut factory at Shadsworth Business Park in Blackburn

 

2007

One of the 3 Directors resigns and Evertaut Ltd continues trading under the joint ownership of the remaining 2 Directors.


 

2013

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.

Evertaut logo
Evertaut office chair with logo and Director job title embroidered

 

2020

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.

Evertaut seating range 2020

 

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