Since 1945
The TB Davies Journey

With a heritage spanning four generations, TB Davies combines traditional family values, with a dedication to keeping our colleagues, community and customers safe. From our modern three and half acre facility in Cardiff Bay, we ensure every fitting, material and solution is carefully designed and stringently checked to keep you safe when working at height.

Our founder Bryn Davies, a veteran of the Great War and something of a business entrepreneur between the wars became a Warrant Officer during the Second World War. It was here he met future Managing Director Colin Morgan as a young man, concerned about life after the war. To reassure Colin, Bryn made him a promise that a job would be waiting when the war was over. As peace was declared in 1945, Bryn by now in his fifties, sold his house to finance the fledgling business and keep the promise made to his friend. Just as a ladder is more than metal and rungs, Bryn understood there was more to his company than just the product. It has been over seventy years now and TB Davies has had a lot of wonderful people help build what he started. Bryn would be proud to see how together that passion has built an epic past, a safer present and an exciting future.

  • 2015

    TB DAVIES CUTS RIBBON ON NEW 3.5 ACRE FACILITY

    To continue expansion the company moves to a modern three and a half acre facility in Cardiff Bay. The new site allows the company to extend its range and stock holding to include podiums and scaffold towers.

  • 2012

    GREAT GRANDSON OF TB DAVIES BECOMES MD

    David Gray, Managing Director at TB Davies

    Bryn Davies great grandson, David Gray takes over as Managing Director with a focus on fostering the family values of trust and reliability, to maintain steady long-term growth and performance.

  • 2007

    TB DAVIES BRINGS THE WORLDS SAFEST TELESCOPIC LADDER TO THE UK

    Global manufacturer of telescopic ladders Xtend+Climb appoints TB Davies its distributor for the UK and Ireland.

  • 2005

    TB DAVIES ACQUIRES RONCO STEEL STEP MANUFACTURER

    To supplement its Mobile Step portfolio TB Davies acquires Ronco a long established steel rolling step manufacturer and holder of the Stepmobile and KikStep trademarks.

  • 2003

    JOINING FORCES WITH LITTLE GIANT LADDERS

    TB Davies joins forces with American household name Little Giant Ladder Systems, bringing one of the most recognised ladder brands in the world for safety and innovation to the UK.

  • 1995

    MANUFACTURING OF STEEL STEPS BEGINS

    TB Davies shares market knowledge and engineering expertise with long-standing friend and business partner to manufacture a heavy-duty line of Steel Mobile Safety Steps aimed at the warehousing and manufacturing markets.

  • 1991

    TB DAVIES BRINGS THE FIRST MULTI-HINGED LADDER TO THE UK

    TB Davies begins selling the world’s first multi-hinged ladder known as the PAL Ladder System taking the business to new customers and starts distributing through several multi-channel retailers including Argos.

  • 1984

    LARGER PREMISES ARE REQUIRED

    As the business continues to grow it moves to premises more than twice the size on Penarth Road in Cardiff.

  • 1979

    PATRICK GRAY TAKES OVER AS MANAGING DIRECTOR

    Colin Morgan retires and Patrick Gray the founder’s grandson takes over as Managing Director.

  • 1973

    THE COMPANY IS QUICKLY SELLING ACROSS THE UK

    TB Davies begins selling nationally, advertising in publications such as Exchange & Mart and Country Gentlemen and delivering via new entrants to the market TNT using their new next day delivery service.

  • 1969

    INTRODUCING ALUMINIUM LADDER INNOVATION TO SOUTH WALES

    TB Davies gains the franchise to sell aluminium ladders for Lloyds Ladders of Droitwich in South Wales after spotting an advert in the Guardian newspaper. Bryn’s grandson Patrick joins the company to sell the benefits of the then revolutionary material aluminium over traditional wooden ladders.

  • 1962

    COLIN MORGAN TAKES THE HELM

    Colin Morgan the young man Bryn made a promise would have a job after the war takes over the day-to-day running of the business.

  • 1955

    TB DAVIES BECOMES A LIMITED COMPANY

    TB Davies becomes a limited company trading from a warehouse on Charles Street in Cardiff’s town centre.

  • 1945

    THE COMPANY IS FOUNDED

    Bryn makes good on his promise and sells his house to finance his new business selling goods to assist the rebuilding of post-war South Wales.

  • 1943

    A PROMISE IS MADE TO A FELLOW SERVICEMAN

    During the Second World War, Bryn is a Warrant Officer at a local RAF base where he makes a promise to a fellow serviceman that a job will be waiting when the war is over.

  • 1923

    A PROMINENT SOUTH WALES BUSINESSMAN

    Between the wars Bryn is pictured as part of a delegation of South Wales Businessmen that took a pilgrimage to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Arc de Triomphe, Paris in memorial of comrades lost during the great war.

  • 1918

    IN THE HOUSEHOLD CAVALRY DURING WW1

    Thomas Brynly Davies known as Bryn to his friends is photographed in his ceremonial uniform of the Life Guards a senior regiment of the in the British army and part of the Household Cavalry.