Sapphire was established in 1992 and has had a rich history and performance since then. The company’s commitment to quality – in terms of service as well as product – has delivered two decades of steady growth.
Like most businesses roots, Sapphire started as a small family owned partnership based in Finchley, North London. Sapphire has now grown to be a dominant market leader and whilst operating across the UK from its Reading Head Offices and through remote regional offices. Sapphire manufacture products through a network of reliable supply chain partners and dedicated balcony manufacturing facilities. Sapphire is still family owned, with a personal, passionate and loyal approach being part of our identity.
From day one in the history of Sapphire, Sapphire has always worked on the philosophy of manufacturing offsite to give a high standard delivered safer and quicker. This drive which clearly distinguishes Sapphire today and the continuous research, development and innovation is channeled through this same approach.
Originally Sapphire (trading as Sapphire Systems) focused on balustrade and handrail systems and established a number of unique balustrade ranges which have become well known and respected by both customers and competitors alike. Whilst the five core balustrade systems are still offered today, Sapphire’s sole focus now is on revolutionising the large residential developments sector through innovative balcony systems.
From being a national balustrade market leader based across our regional network, with a passion to provide beautiful, hard-wearing products to customers who appreciate the benefits which came from the comprehensive package of support – no matter where in the UK their current project is located, Sapphire has successfully transformed the balcony market and has grown away from its roots in balustrades.
From concept to delivery, Sapphire’s balustrade partner (Regal Balustrade) now offers a total service including surveys, design, structural calculations, manufacture and installation support, providing the same Sapphire balustrade brands under license. We also work with a UK Small works partner and a selection of other balustrade companies around the world.
Sapphire was established in 1992 and the company’s commitment to quality has delivered two and a half decades of steady growth.
In 2011, Sapphire Balustrades became a limited company and to enable maximum efficiency, functions were consolidated at the Reading office which became Sapphire’s Head Office.
As Sapphire has continued to grow strongly, a major shift into the Balcony market lead a major shift of business model and has fast lead Sapphire to become the UK market leader in balconies. With this major change, Sapphire balustrades production equipment and the stock was sold to Regal Balustrades (Sapphire’s Balustrade partner) who manufacture the same Sapphire balustrade systems under license.
After three balcony projects had been made at Reading, we soon realised that balcony production requirements need space and capacity for storage and for growth moving forward. We have therefore moved production to three location in the UK: Winchester, Stafford, and Thetford. The Reading facilities are now majority offices with an R&D Test Lab and storage of site equipment etc. The other balustrade production facilities no longer produce balustrades either. Banbury has relocated to office only space in Brackley. Scotland premises remain in the same location, just office space only. Hertfordshire staff now work in a number of remote offices.
Sapphire have a rich history underpinned by the same ethics from day one until now. This history has always seen the same preference of offsite production and systematising products into neatly designed quality products, delivered through an excellent customer experience.
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