Our History

James Robertshaw was founded in 1860 by our namesake Mr James Robertshaw of Collyhurst, Manchester. Originally the company made Victorian box awnings with woodwork carved by hand, but were best known for the Spring Roller system, patented in 1908 and produced until 1954.

The business stayed within the Robertshaw family until the tragic death of James’ grandson William Lancelot Robertshaw in 1960 and was then bought by production manager, Arthur Harrison, who relocated the company to Farnworth, Bolton.

Arthur owned and ran the business until he retired in 1979. Arthur’s son-in- law, Nigel Sharrock, who also worked within the business, assumed the role of Managing Director in 1980 and has been our MD since.

Today James Robertshaw remains a family owned and run business with Nigel’s wife, Lesley and son Matthew, joining him on the board. In 2010 after 50 years at its Farnworth home, we re-located to our current, modern facility and headquarters at Horwich, Bolton, where all our products are designed and manufactured.

With clients ranging from independent bars; national chains and bar brands; architects and contractors working on major hospitality projects; and blind trade; James Robertshaw has the creativity, expertise and knowledge to make a visible difference to any business.

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Tony Garbe Area Sales Manager

Tony leads sales in the hospitality and leisure, and blind trade sectors.

His favourite part of his role is developing unusable outside space and creating beautiful and practical solutions, creating profit for the client.

A keen sportsman and ‘Tough Mudder’ veteran, Tony likes nothing better than coaching his under 8’s girl’s rugby team and supporting his beloved Liverpool football club.

Deb Isherwood Sales & Administration

Debs supports our sales team, helping maintain communications with our clients and providing essential administration support.

Her favourite part of her role is seeing the large bespoke products JR develops going from concept, through to production, installation and project sign-off, while receiving positive client feedback.

If Debs wasn’t living and working in Bolton, she’d be living in Malta, working on her tan and drinking gin.

Ged Hartshorn Sales & Administration Manager

Ged runs the busy and vibrant JR sales office, keeping all things ticking along nicely. As well as his organisational and operational responsibilities, Ged communicates with clients and is fundamental in maintaining a detailed knowledge of our company’s products and services.

An enthusiastic racket sportsman, Ged loves to play both tennis and badminton and challenges anyone to a game!

Lesley Sharrock Commercial Director

Lesley is “the wearer of many hats” in the business, fulfilling the role of chief networker reaching out to connect with all aspects of the wider business community. Liaising with our outsourced HR/H&S Managers, bank, accountancy practice, funding and training agencies, she is always looking for the next opportunity.

Lesley loves developing strategy and vision and is passionate about education and training having been a teacher in her former life. In order to retain just one of her rather than two, she enjoys gym membership and dancing to counterbalance, dining out and the theatre.

Matthew Garnett Sales & Marketing Director

Matthew spends most of his days creating and developing strong business relationships with both clients and suppliers, while engaging in new, memorable and exciting ways to help create happy and profitable environments for businesses.

In the evenings he likes to play the saxophone and ride his horses with his children. Although not at the same time.

Nigel Sharrock Managing Director

Nigel’s engineering background has served the business well through developing innovative ideas and sourcing suppliers. He has steered the ship through three recessions by approaching challenges from a diverse perspective with his technical expertise.

Enjoying his beloved TR4a classic car in fair weather, Nigel loves to show it off and receive admiring glances when driving – of the car that is!

Tilly Chief Dog Director

Tilly has 3 years’ experience of being a dog and is at the forefront of her sector. Her expertise lies with eating biscuits and lasagne, whilst thinking that she is a big dog and finding muddy sticks in long grass. Her pet hates include smaller dogs and cats that try to pick on her.

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