ABOUT US

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YEARS EXPERIENCE

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TEAM MEMBERS

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10,000+

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. 

Click a profile to find a fun fact

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

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

Nichola Cameron
OPERATIONS MANAGER

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

Craig Powell
PROCUREMENT MANAGER

SimonG
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

AndrewS
Captain Marvel
A fan of MCU films, Andrew has seen them all… he blames his kids. Of course!

Andrew Shaw
CUSTOMER SERVICE TEAM LEADER

SarahG
Doting Dog Lover
Sarah loves a long walk with her dogs – she's totally devoted to her Terriers. Bless!

Sarah Goddard
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SALES SUPPORT

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

Jordan Waite
CUSTOMER SERVICES 
& SYSTEMS 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

MickL
Fearless Daredevil
Be it a charity bungee-jump… or paragliding from mountains. Mike has no fear… GULP!

Michael Leach
WAREHOUSE TEAM

MarkA
Cookie Monster Mark
Mark's always got a generous supply of sweet treats for the team!

Mark Auton
WAREHOUSE TEAM

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

Phil Carroll
WAREHOUSE TEAM

RobD
Valentino Robbie!
Former Motorbike enthusiast Rob had a passion for bikes… "Still enjoy the racing on TV!"

Rob Dixon
WAREHOUSE TEAM

NeilC
An Ace Angler
What size was that fish you caught Neil?… (with hands outstretched) "THIS BIG!"

Neil Chapman
WAREHOUSE TEAM

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

Liz Dobbie
BESPOKE PRODUCTION

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

LesleyW
Strike A Pose!
A budding photographer – Lesley knows her aperture from her f-stops!

Lesley Wilson
FINANCE TEAM

SianG
Our Record Breaker
Sian was part of the largest no. of MX-5 cars in a parade formation. Zoom-zoom!

Sian Gough
FINANCE 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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