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Our history and experience is what gives us the edge. We’ve been innovating and improving for over a 160 years

Our story… so far.

Our story began in 1860 when Mr James Robertshaw from Collyhurst, Manchester, set up shop making traditional box awnings complete with hand-carved woodwork. Shortly afterwards came metal roller blinds and other companion components, all fabricated on-site, beginning an unbroken trading history spanning 17 decades, 3 centuries and 2 millennia.

The business stayed within the Robertshaw family until the tragic death of James’ grandson William Lancelot Robertshaw in 1960. It 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 from 1980 until 2017, working alongside his wife, Lesley.

Today, James Robertshaw remains a family owned business, with Lesley retiring in 2019 and handing over the reins to son Matthew who became the new MD in March 2020. Matt’s daughter Alice has also joined the company in the awning department and is now Operations Team Leader.

After 50 years at our Farnworth home, we relocated to our current, modern facility and headquarters in 2010, and are now based in Bolton where all of our products are designed and manufactured.

In 2018 we opened our brand-new Customer Centre for clients to see how our products look and work in reality, with training opportunities to commence throughout the year and beyond. Looking to the future, we are becoming a centre of knowledge and expertise. We aspire to be the best place to discover new technologies and innovations by combining our passions for design, innovation and knowledge sharing.

Our approach Our Approach

Our Approach

We work hard. We put forth the effort, the dedication, and the care into everything that we tackle. We’re not satisfied with “good” or even “great.” We want to be the very best in everything we do.

Quality craftsmanship Quality craftsmanship

Quality craftsmanship

At James Robertshaw we have our own way of doing things, with a collective bank of knowledge and experience that goes back several generations. For us, there is a particular way of doing every little job, and experience has taught us that this is the way to achieve the best results. We are not just manufacturers, we are craftspeople.

A superb team A Superb Team

A Superb Team

As Emma Thompson once said “Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening.” When you join James Robertshaw, you become one of the family and we make time to listen and communicate well with you. We collaborate, motivate, and we never give up. Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.

In our third century of trading, honouring our heritage whilst shaping the future is at the heart of all we do

Matthew Garnett

Managing Director | James Robertshaw
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The Customer Centre

More than just a showroom, it's our technological evolution of product alignment and partnerships. Come in and take a look around.

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Part of our success is making sure we surround ourselves with great partners

We are only as good as the people we work with. We compliment our products with exceptional talent from the following businesses.

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Leisure Bench
Bang & Olufsen
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