Westgate Group has evolved significantly from its beginnings and is pleased to be celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.
The company started in 1977 selling door to door with samples of window film. Today Westgate have a recognised multinational client base across their three divisions; Westgate Factory Dividers, Site Segregation, Solar Control and its sister company Lockmetal.
By 1980, the company was able to move to its first official business premises and even got its first company van – a Ford Escort! And in 1981 that Westgate decided to branch out into supplying and installing industrial partitioning (Flexiwall and Flexiscreen being the main products) and Westgate Factory Dividers was born.
Continued growth resulted in Westgate moved into larger premises in 1987 and expanded again in1992.
The third division of the company, Westgate Site Segregation, was launched in 2005 along with the very first Hoardfast range. Interestingly, Hoardfast (an internal hoarding system) was the outcome of various partitioning experiments using particle boards, the PVC range that, with some alterations along the way, now forms a vital part of the core product range.
Until 2010, Westgate had sourced all Flexistrip and certain other industrial door products via a separate company, Shawdoor Sales. In 2010 the Shawdoor Sales brand was brought over, cutting out the middle man and gradually over the next couple of years the name merged within the Westgate Factory Dividers Division.
In November 2014, the opportunity arose to partner with another company, Lockmetal, supplying rainwater goods and specialist cladding. While remaining a separate financial entity, the management decided that both companies could benefit from co-directorship and joining together under the stronger Westgate Group brand. This partnership has continued to develop and succeed, through a gradual process of merging business areas, sharing experience and gaining efficiencies.
After investing in marketing, product development and its team of people, Westgate Group continues to grow. It has a diverse range of clients all over the country and even as far afield as Iceland.
As of 2017, Westgate’s vision and mission has been adapted to suit a customer focused business and research and development continues to be featured heavily in future plans.
The conclusion of 40 years is that the more you learn, the more you realise you’ve yet to learn!