Conquest celebrate 50 years of fine fitted furniture
On Saturday 17th September, we celebrated 50 years in business.
Founder John Adey, was joined by sons Jonathan and Richard and their wives Dawn and Lucy as together they welcomed customers, colleagues and employees to celebrate this milestone at in Farlington showroom.
John said “When I started this business all those years ago, I could never have imagined that I would be standing here celebrating fifty years in business. I’ve worked with some great people over the years and made a lot of friends along the way. So much has changed all around us and whilst our designs may have changed over the years, our approach hasn’t. We still pay attention to every detail and insist on the perfect finish and fit.”
John originally trained as an apprentice pattern maker with Vosper’s the shipbuilders, in Portsmouth, in 1957 from the age of 15.
John’s ability to carve intricate patterns and molds in wood with engineering levels of precision soon got him noticed.
When he set up the business in 1966 whilst in his twenties, the company was producing molds, models and castings for big industrial customers such as Marconi Defence Systems, for whom they created a scale model of the Skynet 2 space satellite.
Over time Conquest’s reputation grew and in 1977, the opportunity to take a first step in the home furniture direction came, when the owner of a neighbouring business popped in and asked if they could make him a kitchen for his home in Langston, near Hayling Island.
The customer was delighted with his new kitchen and soon afterwards a steady stream of requests from others began to arrive. John Adey decided that this should be the future direction for Conquest, where their skills for precision woodworking would be perfectly suited to making kitchens and fitted home furniture of the highest quality.
Conquest continues to be a true family business to this day, focused on quality and cherishing their hard earned reputation for customer care.
John’s son Jonathan – Conquest General Manager, commented, “We are one of the last remaining furniture companies with national reach that continues to employ all of our own people from designers and furniture makers right through to the fitters that install the furniture. It’s the only way we can be certain that the customer enjoys the best possible experience from start to finish. There are many people who value this rare approach and for this reason we can look forward to a bright and exciting future.”
At the celebration Jonathan shared a new website and short film called The Conquest Story which documents and celebrates the history of Conquest over the last 50 years.
One of Conquest’s longest serving employees, furniture designer Eric Pollard presented John Adey with a crystal glass decanter and a 50 year old bottle of vintage brandy to commemorate the year that the business was founded.
More photos from the event can be found on facebook