Geoffery Basset launches "All Blinds and Shutters", specialising in curtain and blind manufacture, contracting work through personal contacts.
Continues to grow the company which at this point had over 30 employees.
Contessa Contracts factory opens in Hartlepool, marking the beginning of a long link to the town.
Footholds established with local authorities and the GLC, while retail outlet growth developed due to contracts with Dorothy Perkins, New Look, Liberties and John Lewis Group.
Took over Top Brass, a supplier of beds into the hotel industry. This helped open a new market to the group.
Extended the group's knowledge and new contacts acquired through Contessa Contracts to begin the supply of curtains and blinds into the hotel sector.
Contessa Contracts incorporated, becoming the focal point of the group going forward, delivering an end-to-end design, production and fitting service for its customers.
New markets (student accommodation, retail, diversification in hotels) and continued working with Accor on its new restructured form provides Contessa Contracts with a significant opportunity over the next few years.