Norwich Sunblinds was formed in 1978 by John Reddington, who worked from home before opening the present shop in St Benedict’s Street Norwich soon after.
It was a family business from the very beginning but when John’s wife, Pauline, fell pregnant, his daughter, Fiona, (who was then 20) joined the company and has been there ever since, becoming a director of the company.
Her husband Kevin joined the business in 1989 after a career in banking and is now managing director of the firm.
Her brother-in-law Paul Solomon is also a director.
Norwich Sunblinds began manufacturing made-to-measure vertical and roller blinds above the St Benedict’s shop in 1980.
Fiona remembers five-metre head rails being delivered – they had to shut the street because they were so long. The headrails had to be lifted from the lorry and through the upstairs window as they wouldn’t go through the shop. Can you imagine closing the street nowadays to do something like that?
Fortunately, as the business grew, it moved its manufacturing operation to Oak Street, expanding the range.
With the Oak Street property converted into offices, Norwich Sunblinds moved the manufacturing arm to Bunn’s Bank industrial estate in Attleborough in 1990 and to the current site on the Haverscroft Industrial Estate 12 years ago.
Today, Norwich Sunblinds employs 23 people: 4 in the showroom and shop in Norwich, 4 reps, 4 fitters and 11 in the factory and office in Attleborough (including 6 on the manufacturing side).
Many of the team have been with the company for years and have honed their expertise working for Norwich Sunblinds.