40 years of success in the design and manufacture of exclusive British kitchen and lifestyle furniture, places Callerton at the forefront of style, innovation and choice. During this time, designs and aspirations for new kitchens have evolved dramatically.
Today's kitchen is as much about design flair, as form and function, making a statement and practicality going hand in hand and being the prerequisite for the discerning client.
Our kitchens embody the cutting edge in aesthetics and practicality. They are built around a diverse selection of innovative design concepts, ranging from traditional Origins and Legacy to timeless Boutique and Elemental and on to the ultra-contemporary Lifestyle and Vision.
Vary these concepts with a virtually endless range of doors, features, materials, styles, species and finishes, and the Callerton client is able to enjoy the luxury of almost infinite choice in ultimate style.
As Callerton approaches its 40th Anniversary the team remain focused on developing its unique blend of competitive product innovation, with family values regards providing service, assistance and back-up to our retail and trade partners – via a mature, highly skilled mix of dedicated staff, with a proven ethos of customer 1st attitude.
Callerton strongly believe in the power of training and the benefit of resolving issues in advance. To drive this significant resource was committed by Callerton and the RK-Tec partners to provide a suitable training space at Callerton's manufacturing base.
Working in partnership with independent design-led kitchen specialist retailers is at the heart of our operation. Their skills and knowledge in design, specification, and project management are unparalleled. Many of Callerton's retail partners received outstanding long service awards at this event.
Succession & Sustainability
Over the last 10 years, Callerton has implemented a forward-thinking succession and sustainability plan that future-proofs the business. James and Gordon have always viewed it as a privilege to be involved in a company that positively influences clients’ lives.
Dawn Short - Callerton CEO
Dawn joined Callerton as Financial Director in the early 2000’s and is now our esteemed CEO. The intervening years have brought about major changes and strengthening of our Management Team in relation to all areas of the business - Pre-Production, Production, Central Operations and Logistics.
Always adventurous Callerton were early adopters of CAD (Computer Aided Design) recognising the power of presentation. Callerton’s furniture range is supported by Winner Design. This is Callerton's default design, specification, coding, costing and presentation software - a successful partnership going back over 18 years.
Factory in Sunderland
Callerton flourished in the 90’s - which allowed for the purchase of the current Sunderland factory in 2000, and building a strong position enabled the business to weather the recession of 2008/9.
Partnerships have been critical to Callerton’s development and working closely with world-leading suppliers such as EGGER, Kesseböhmer, and Blum has driven product development. Pilot Partner status ensures Callerton has the latest developments ahead of many other suppliers.
Late 80's / Early 90's
Moving factory 3 times in 6 years of expansion and growth, led to the decision to split the retail aspect of the business from production, and concentrate on developing the kitchen furniture manufacturing operation via growing the business, to encompass a ‘National Dealer Network & Platform’ of likeminded independent design led kitchen specialists retailers.
Callerton recognised at an early stage: - That the kitchen industry was firmly allied to fashion and trends. In relation to this we developed innovative paint and lacquering techniques, as well as introducing feature and signature furniture pieces, to make our kitchens stand out from the crowd.
Taking Every Opportunity
The Callerton team tried their hand at a prestigious business competition, the “BBC Make it in Business Awards”, which they won on prime time TV.
An early lesson related to the importance of ‘Team & Teamwork’ and the combination of skills required to ensure the finished product exceeded the expectations of our clients. The influence and importance of design, engineering and installation, as well as computerisation, systems, procedures and accounting combined to generate a solid, design-led, practical product and most important - fitter friendly.
The Birth of Callerton
Working with a tool maker/engineer when setting up the initial production facility, James and Gordon were heavily influenced by the practicalities of design, installation, as well as quality and service.
The Early Years
Good friends, James and Gordon turn their passion for property development in Newcastle towards kitchen design. Young and ambitious, or some would say stupid and naïve, they took the decision to manufacture their own brand of kitchen furniture.