Salford’s First Install acquired with growth plans


Salford-based furniture installation and interior fit-out specialists First Install have been bought by Ipswich-based Apex Joinery for an undisclosed sum.

The acquisition strengthens the two businesses by creating a new multi-million pound partnership with operating bases in the north and south of the country with the capability to provide a wide range of joinery, fabrication, installation and bespoke interior design to clients across the country.

With two offices and a combined team of over 50, First Install and Apex Joinery can expect to double their turnover over the next 12 months to over £5m, with recruitment plans in all areas of the business and to embark on a period of concerted growth by acquiring new customers across the country.

Both companies bring a strong reputation for quality, expertise and operational excellence to the new venture which will seamlessly provide customers in the retail, leisure, hospitality, office, commercial and industry a turnkey solution for bespoke installations and interior fittings.

The service will take ideas from vision to reality, covering the entire process from initial concept and design development to prototypes, production and manufacturing, selection of furniture and sales displays. detail and full interior design advice with full 3D visuals and flyover animation through to final installation and handover with construction of warehouses, storage and refurbishment undertaken if required.

First Install Sales and Operations Manager Mike McVey said: “By joining forces, we have expanded our geographic capabilities and established a new multi-million pound national operator with the common goal of becoming the first choice for design, manufacture and installation. beautiful interior fittings as well as the installation of furniture and retail displays, in a range of different industrial sectors.

“In addition to being a mutually beneficial partnership, the two combined companies are committed to continued growth and job creation and plan to integrate other complementary businesses to form a comprehensive and experienced group that delivers value and a choice to customers and gives the customer a compelling reason to choose us when selecting an installation, fabrication and fit-out partner.

Despite an initial doubling in size, revenue and service capacity, customer satisfaction, attention to detail and a personal approach remain at the heart of every project for the newly merged team.

Mike McVey will lead sales and operations for the new business, drawing on his vast experience which includes Makro, Halfords and Manchester City Football Club (Kitbag) to name a few former clients.

With both companies established over two decades ago, First Install and Apex Joinery are renowned for excellence in their industries; First Install offers professional furniture installation and specialist fit-outs and Apex Joinery offers high quality bespoke millwork.


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