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 a 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 fledgeling 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 created an epic past, a safer present and an exciting future.
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.
Global manufacturer of telescopic ladders Xtend+Climb appoints TB Davies its distributor for the UK and Ireland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the business continues to grow it moves to premises more than twice the size on Penarth Road in Cardiff.
Colin Morgan retires and Patrick Gray the founder’s grandson takes over as Managing Director.
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.
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.
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.
TB Davies becomes a limited company trading from a warehouse on Charles Street in Cardiff’s town centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.