ABOUT US

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YEARS EXPERIENCE

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TEAM MEMBERS

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PRODUCT SKUs

Renaissance was founded in 1975, and whilst our current range only bears a slight resemblance to our origins, we have built on our strengths and values, our fast delivery from stock, our in-house manufacturing facilities and our powerful purchasing to ensure that you the customer can maximise your profit potential on either retail or contract sales.

With our substantial stockholdings available for fast delivery, we offer expert advice and support from design through to installation – including liaising with your soft furnishing workrooms – to provide expertly designed products with a range of installation options for optimal time saving without compromising on quality.

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Renaissance Head Office In Yeadon, close to Leeds and Bradford International Airport

OUR STORY

Renaissance started life back in 1975, initially known as Bruva, a name by which many customers still remember us. The company was the first in the UK to import shrunk-wrapped packs of timber and tongued & grooved cladding sold through Timber Merchants and DIY stores. As our product range expanded we added Swedish pine garden furniture and a variety of other timber products.

In the 1980s the business took a turn in focus, partly due to the unpredictable British summer weather and also due to the introduction of a new product, Swedish Pine Curtain Poles. This was our first venture into curtain accessories and over the next decades, our range developed – growing to over 10,000 product SKUs – all bearing the Renaissance Brand of quality.

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Above: The original blue/gold Renaissance logo

In 1996 the business moved from Beck Mill in Clayton, Bradford to The Old Mill in Yeadon, Leeds, both premises steeped in textile history dating back to the 18th Century. 

Over time Renaissance has grown to be a true family business – the founder’s two eldest sons joining the company in 1998, and his third son and daughter soon after. The business continues to grow from strength to strength. In April 2015 the company moved to our current modern large industrial unit in Yeadon close to Leeds and Bradford International Airport.

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The Old Mill Shop Home to Renaissance 1996–2015

The Old Dog Mill's rich history dates back to 1792. Built by Joseph Cawthray T’owd Dog (as it was known locally) was the first steam-powered mill in the town of Yeadon. 

In 1905 the original Mill was devastated by a fire that started in a Dye House. The blaze left the building unrecognizable, with the loss of 140 jobs, miraculously there were no casualties.

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OUR TEAM

Renaissance remains a family-owned business, with a fast-growing team that shares our strong ethos of doing whatever we can to assist our clients. 

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MichaelS
Our Founder
The inspiration behind Renaissance – Michael still plays an active role today

Michael Smaldon
FOUNDER

RolfS
King of the Grill
Rolf is a self-proclaimed barbecue chef extraordinaire. Smokin!

Rolf Smaldon
MANAGING DIRECTOR

BenS
¡Viva Argentina!
Ben's a lover of Argentina – the country from which his wife originates!

Ben Smaldon
COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR

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Our very own pizza chef
Paul loves his new Pizza oven "Everything made from scratch, cooked with wood!" Bellissimo

Paul Atherton
SALES & MARKETING DIRECTOR

KrisS
Our Football Coach
First-level FA coach badge… Tick! Kris's next big challenge is managing his lad's team. Good luck with that!

Kris Staniforth
OPERATIONS MANAGER

NicholaC
Artist in Residence
Multi-talented Nichola has a passion for art and painting!

Nichola Cameron
OPERATIONS ASSISTANT MANAGER

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Active Adventurer
Simon is happiest out in the elements – often found halfway up a hillside!

Simon Gill
CONTRACT SALES

ChrisH
Mr Green Fingers
Chris is a keen veggie grower… parsnips are his speciality (apparently). Yum!

Chris Hird
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER

HayleyP2
True Crimes Expert
A lover of documentaries... especially True Crimes. "I must have been a forensic scientist in a former life!"

Hayley Power
CUSTOMER SERVICES MANAGER

JordanW
Leeds Leeds Leeds!
Through thick and thin... Jordan is an avid season-ticket supporter. Poor soul.

Jordan Waite
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SYSTEMS SUPPORT

SarahG
Sarah is back from Maternity Leave…
…and is now pregnant with her second child! Good luck Sarah.

Sarah Goddard
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SALES SUPPORT

JennaE
Jenna's on the Hunt
With only 2 first issues required to complete her magical Harry Potter Collection!

Jenna Ellis
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& ADMIN SUPPORT

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Off with her head? NO!!
History buff Tracey knows everything about Henry VIII… "I just love Hampton Court!"

Tracey Heaton
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SALES SUPPORT

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Our Budding Novelist
Nicky's lifelong dream is to write a Children's Book!

Nichola Davies
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SALES SUPPORT

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A Crowded House!
Reagan is outnumbered at home… he is the only boy with 5 sisters!

Reagan Mallendar
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SALES SUPPORT

ArnoN
Our Pennine Commuter
Manchester-based Arno is mesmerised by the farm that sits in the middle of the M62!

Arno Newton
MARKETING EXECUTIVE

CraigP
Likes to play a round
Avid golfer Craig spends more time in the trees than most… practice makes perfect!

Craig Powell
PROCUREMENT MANAGER

LindaT
Bubbles and Bubbles!
Linda loves her Hot Tub with a relaxing drink on an evening… even when it snows!

Linda Thornton
FINANCE TEAM

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Our Design Diva
A passion for interiors… Ausra has a knack for turning spaces into works of art!

Ausra Woghiren
FINANCE TEAM

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Chris Stuttenheim
HEALTH & SAFETY CONSULTANT

ArturS
The Karate Kid!
A former Karate-King, Artur now supports his daughter's shared passion… it's Green Belt before you ask! 空手家

Artur Stasiak
BESPOKE PRODUCTION

LizD
Our Charity Fundraiser
Liz Raises money for Battersea in her spare time… "It's Paul O'Grady's fault!"

Liz Dobbie
BESPOKE PRODUCTION

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Blooming Marvelous!
Andrew is a super-keen gardener... and the very proud winner of Leeds-in-Bloom!

Andrew Colman
BESPOKE PRODUCTION

PhilC
Champion Centurion
Phil walked 100 miles within 22 hours for his prestigious title. "I'm Number 794!"

Phil Carroll
WAREHOUSE TEAM

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Our ready, stready Cook!
Ian is a devoted food and cooking enthusiast, making every meal a delicious masterpiece!

Ian Moore
WAREHOUSE TEAM

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Passport to Adventure
Raf enjoys travelling the World, one country at a time. Fav place? Vietnam!

Rafal Mierzwa
WAREHOUSE TEAM

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Our G-Wagen Man
Saha is a lover of flash cars… but his dream motor would be the Merc G-Class SUV!

Saha Blondeau
WAREHOUSE TEAM

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Avid Rugby League Fan
A life-long Leeds Rhinos fan… "40 years home and away". That's dedication!

John Bywell
WAREHOUSE TEAM

OUR CULTURE

Renaissance strives to create a culture that empowers an honest, dedicated and collaborative workforce. We are passionate about our customers and put them at the heart of everything we do.

VISION

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To be the No 1 brand and provider of curtain and blind hardware to the UK market

MISSION

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Provide the best product range, knowledge, insight and service in the industry 

VALUES

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Reliable
Conscientious
Agile

REASONS TO CHOOSE RENAISSANCE

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EXPERT ADVICE
Our product experts are on hand to solve challenges with even the most complex window dressing solutions.

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TAILORED FIT
Made-to-measure service & track bending facility ensures our products are made to your exact specification.

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THERE & THEN
Individual tracks can be collated and labelled for ease of fitting on-site – delivered to where and when it's needed.

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FAST DELIVERY
Need it yesterday? With large stock holding on popular products we offer next day delivery when required. 

Renaissance, Unit 2, FocusWay, Focus Business Park, Leeds, WestYorkshire LS19 7DB

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