Made for Life
Life may be unpredictable, but you can always count on Bisley.
We’re a design and manufacturing powerhouse. For over eighty years we’ve been quietly creating innovative products that meet the evolving needs of our working world. And now more than ever, the workspace is ripe for reimagination.
Our success is based on enduring relationships, the latest technology and the best people. We’re always pushing the boundaries of manufacturing excellence to bring you furniture that is Made for Life.
A British Powerhouse
Today, we combine this spirit of innovation with a collective knowledge that can only come from experience. While the world may evolve, our passion for design and care for our people never changes. We are proud of our British heritage and our independence, while our drive, energy and capabilities mean that we can produce whatever you need, in the volumes you need, wherever you might need it.
Quality you can trust
Through nurturing the talents and expertise of our colleagues, we create desirable products recognised as first choice for their quality throughout the world. Precision engineered and built to last, your Bisley furniture will keep on working as hard as the first day you got it. We’re unashamedly passionate about furniture – it’s at the heart of everything we do.
Whether you’re in the office or at home, Bisley gives you unique, innovative furniture that doesn’t compromise on style – so you can thrive anywhere.
The origins of Bisley go back to 1931, when Freddy Brown, a panel beater working with luxury cars, starts his one-man business repairing damaged cars in a garage in St John's, Woking, Surrey.
The company moves to Bisley, Surrey. There, it builds a 400 square metre manufacturing facility and undertakes various wartime defence contracts. Bisley designs and manufactures the first containers to be dropped by parachute, which are widely used by airborne forces throughout the war. For this work it receives several commendations from the Ministry of Defence.The company moves to Bisley, Surrey. There, it builds a 400 square metre manufacturing facility and undertakes various wartime defence contracts. Bisley designs and manufactures the first containers to be dropped by parachute, which are widely used by airborne forces throughout the war. For this work it receives several commendations from the Ministry of Defence.
At the end of the war, Bisley resumes car repairs, but now has a manufacturing capability for which there’s no demand.
A London wholesaler, Standard Office Supplies, shows Freddy Brown a steel wastepaper bin. He’s told that if he can meet the necessary price and delivery, an order for 24 is his. The rest, as they say, is history.
Designed by Freddy and inspired by letter trays, the MultiDrawer is born. Arguably our best known and most loved product, it has been helping people organise their stationery, papers, coin collections and more, ever since. More than two million of the diminutive cabinets have been sold across the world, cementing its status as a classic –many of the very first models are still in use today.
Freddy Brown's son, Tony, the present Chairman, joins Bisley in 1960. The business has a turnover of £95,000 per annum and employs 28 people.
At the age of 67, Freddy Brown decides to retire and puts the business up for sale. Tony Brown decides to buy the company.
On 10 March, Tony Brown takes proud ownership of the business. Bisley has sales totalling £370,000 per year and employs 45 people.
Bisley launches its first filing cabinet.
To meet expanding demand, Bisley purchases a 17-acre site in Newport, South Wales.
Bisley launches its subsidiary businesses in France and the Netherlands.
Bisley launches the Universal Pedestal.
The Newport site allows Bisley to concentrate on export markets. Bisley is also granted a prestigious Queen's Award for Export Achievement.
Tony is honoured with an OBE for his outstanding contribution to the British Steel Industry.
Bisley launches the LateralFile storage system.
Bisley is granted a second Queen’s Award for Export Achievement, giving it a unique status in the office furniture industry.
Bisley establishes its German subsidiary.
Bisley continues its expansion into overseas markets, establishing a subsidiary in Ireland.
Bisley consolidates all its manufacturing onto a single site, achieved by acquiring an extra 20,000 square metres in Newport. It also expands beyond Europe, establishing a business in Dubai.
Bisley acquires its North American subsidiary. The business now has presence in eight countries across three continents. This is also the year the business launches Be by Bisley, a ground-breaking approach to bespoke, integrated storage.
Bisley is awarded the Manufacturing Guild Mark by the Furniture Makers’ Company. This prestigious award recognises excellence in design, sustainability, and production. It assures all customers that the furniture they are buying is made with care and to the very highest quality.
The Furniture Makers’ Company recognises Bisley’s MultiDrawer with a Design Guild Mark, which acknowledges the highest standards of furniture design in volume production by British designers.
Bisley relocates its flagship London showroom in Clerkenwell, the heart of the design industry in the UK.
We were chosen to support the NHS by supplying a specific cupboard required in every Covid test centre to store all the positive and inconclusive tests during the pandemic.
Bisley launches its new e-commerce website, further expanding our offering of furniture for the home. Sales from the website rose by over 3,000% over the course of the pandemic.
Following Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, we supplied storage for centres set up to manage the transition away from the ports of embarkations.
We were proud to win a Design Guild Mark Award with Buddy in 2022. The Design Guild Mark is awarded by The Furniture Makers’ Company, the City of London livery company and charity for the furnishing industry, to drive excellence and to raise the profile of British design and innovation.
We continue to launch a number of product ranges including Pren, Primary Lockers, Fern and Outline.