Davidsons Developments decided to establish their own bespoke joinery and furniture division. To accomplish this, they approached Stewart Lansdowne to return from retirement and lead the new division. Stewart commenced the groundwork for the establishment during the summer of 2015.
The first task was to establish a name for the newly formed division. As a result, the department was called Albert Henry Interiors, which was named in honour of Mr David Wilson's father, Mr Albert Henry Wilson. The name pays tribute to the family’s business values and dedication over the years.
Shortly after establishing the division, Stewart hired Stuart Lansdowne as the first CAD designer/Assistant Manager to help get the division up and running. Stuart started by drawing all the projects scheduled in readiness for installation.
Alongside Stuart's appointment, two workshop joiners and one office administrator were employed to assist with the initial workload.
By 2016, Albert Henry Interiors had the contract to install all standard wardrobes for Davidson Homes plots. Additionally, the division had just begun offering external joinery services for some sites.
With a steady workload in sight, Stewart decided to hire an accounts assistant to handle invoice processing and external supplier orders.
By 2018, the division was thriving. The demand for wardrobe installations in the private sector began to rise, which resulted in the need for an additional staff member to manage the joinery aspect of the business. This led to Stewart hiring another employee to divide the responsibilities within the office.
Stewart now has a team of five office personnel, several joiners and four-bedroom fitters out on the road every day. As business was strong he decided to promote some of his office team to more established roles.
2021 saw the launch of Albert Henry Interior’s first showroom. This gave the division a chance to showcase products and invite customers to meet with their sales advisor in person.
And finally, 2023 brings us to the present day whereby the Albert Henry division continues to grow at a good pace. The team are continuously striving to launch new products to add to their already generous ranges.
The division now supplies traditional and sliding wardrobes, freestanding furniture, home offices, media units, and other bespoke products such as home bars.
Going forward, the plan is to increase the retail side of the business, and supply for other external builders.