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Price & Company Ltd, was established in Robert Street, Brighton in 1850 by a Miss
Price. The business specialised in the manufacture of mattresses, which at that time
were solely dependent on straw as a filling.
In 1945 Norman Stace purchased the company from the founder's nephew and expanded the bedding side by manufacturing and introducing sprung mattresses and divans. Working alongside Norman from 1947, as an apprentice upholsterer aged 14 was Bill Green, who became a Director and an invaluable member of the Company, until his retirement 50 years later, in 1997.
The nature of the work demanded upholsterers and seamstresses who in turn became an ideally suited workforce for the next stage of development; curtain making. It was only a matter of time before the company decided to expand further, this time into the distribution of curtain tapes and other complementary lines.
Jerry Stace joined the company as a Director in 1963, working with his father Norman. One year later another member of the family joined the team, Jerry's brother, Tim Stace, whose first involvement was to direct the company into the wholesaling of curtain tracks and associated sundries. Soon after this expansion demanded larger premises and the company moved to the Old Town Brewery in Portland Mews. Jerry & Tim proved a successful partnership, building a profitable distribution business which proved capable of sustaining modest growth even during the recession.
In 1980 with ever increasing furnishing ranges they introduced Trimmings. The company now boasts some of the finest Trimmings in the country.
In December, 1986, after a 3 month's training period with Kirsch USA. Simon Stace
(Jerry's son) joined the business to oversee the running of the warehouse and was
involved with yet another expansion in May 1987, when the company moved to more modern
premises known as Regency Buildings.
Another member of the family joined the company, in May 1988, Simons sister Joanna Stace, who works closely with the sales force nation-wide.
With plans to expand the product range it was necessary to move yet again in March 1995. Since then they have continued to introduce more contemporary and upmarket products and designs at affordable prices. And in January 2004 Simon and Joanna Stace took over the company from Tim and Jerry and it continues to grow.
As Price and Company progresses into the future development of existing brands continue to be a main part of Company life but also the inclusion of designer brand JLS Designs and collaborations with JAB ANSTOETZ ensures that the company will expand and develop way into the future.
For a company who have been in business since 1850, it is refreshing to find the family atmosphere still present. with a distinct team effort amongst the 50+ employees, who have an eager willingness to get on with the job of supplying customers. Such attitudes have undoubtedly been instrumental in helping this friendly wholesaling company to expand and continue well in to the future.
More than 50% of our employees have been with us for 10yrs or more. For more information click here