Klick History

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Klick Celebrates 40 Years!

“Klick Technology Ltd has an enviable history which dates back to 1981. The business was founded by my father who showed great tenacity in starting a company and designing a trolley for schools to transport their one and only computer around the building.

For me the highlights of the last 40 years are to have seen the company grow and diversify from supplying school trolleys to operating in the commercial laboratory and fit out sectors. Klick remains a family business to this day and our dedicated staff are critical to the success of the company. We have many longstanding team members who have been with us for over 25 years and their expertise continues to contribute to our strength.

 

We are proud of our reputation. Our commitment to customer satisfaction is underpinned by a high level of integrity and a genuine desire to deliver outstanding projects – on brief, on time and on budget. My hope is to see the company continue to develop and prosper for many years to come.”
Jonathan Whitehurst M.D.

jonathan whitehurst klick managing director

 

 

Jonathan Whitehurst MD, with Clare Whitehurst, Marketing Director & Liam Carney, Contracts Manager

Klick Technology Milestones

 

1981 – 1984 Start Up Business & School Trolleys!

 

23/11/81 – A business was formed by Len Whitehurst as shelf company ‘Sensemere Ltd’.

 

Jan 1982 – The company name was changed to Store Stock Systems and started trading from a small 20 x 20ft unit on Cecil Road, Hale, Altrincham. The business initially supplied schools with shelving but then designed a computer trolley.

Len holding computer etc for trolley promotion
photo of computer trolley

Len is pictured here in a publicity shot to launch the highly successful Klick computer trolley which was revolutionary for transporting all the necessary equipment around schools.

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Leaflet dating from Cecil Road 1983.

This new trolley design took off with an order for 350 trolleys from Hampshire LA. At this time Len Whitehurst was the MD and there were 2 other employees, Phil Johnson – Sales, Janet Hull – Admin

 

Jan 1984 – Due to rapid expansion the company moved to larger 5,000 sq ft. premises in Stag Road Industrial Estate, Altrincham and employed 4 additional packing staff

klick technology archive superframe trolley leaflet

Klick Superframe trolley leaflet dating from Stag Industrial Estate

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Janet in sales shot with trolley options

01/01/84 John Walker was employed to work in the warehouse as a packer (Now Klick Warehouse Manager)

 

1984 – ¼ acre of land was acquired on Claverton Road and building work commenced later that year on a 10,000 sq ft. warehouse and offices

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Building the warehouse on Claverton Road

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Claverton Road site meeting with Len Whitehurst

1985 – 2001 The Early Years At Claverton Road

1985 – Moved into current site on Claverton Road

 

klick technology archive brochure 1986
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1986 – Klick started designing fixed benching for computer rooms in schools. The product range quickly expanded to include specialist furniture for science laboratories, food technology, art and D & T rooms

klick technology 1989 archive computer trolley leaflet

September 1989 – Computer trolley leaflet

klick technology archive 1989 test document

Jan 1989 – Achieved FIRA Strength and Stability of Furniture tests for tables and trolleys to BS4875

1989 & 1991 – Warehouse and office extended to 14,360 sq. ft.

 

18/2/91 – Shaun Tiernan joined as office junior (Now Sales Ledger Clerk)

klick technology archive photo of barry and julie in the office

 

19/8/91 – Julie Burns joined Klick as office junior (Now Head of Operations)

 

September 1991 – Barry Landing joined Klick as a draughtsman for benching products (Now Project Manager)

 

 

Photo of Barry & Julie in the office

1992 – First achieved National Quality Assurance Certificate BS5750/ISO9001

klick technology archive jan 1992 klick superstack brochure

Jan 1992 Klick Superstack Brochure

klick technology archive 1992 food technology and science brochure

1992 – Early Food Technology & Science Brochure

Nov 1992 – Name changed to Klick Technology Ltd. The “Klick” name was chosen as it represented the metal joint sourced from a Dutch company.

1994 – Purchased first computer aided design system RoboCAD

 

 

klick technology archive robo cad tutorial
klick technology archive photo of robo cad box

8/4/96 – Roy Longson joined as CAD assistant (Now Design Manager)

1996 – Landmark project at Holly Lodge School, Liverpool

 

klick technology archive photo of holly lodge school, liverpool 1996

3/3/97 – Jonathan Whitehurst joined as Company Director

klick technology archive science brochure 1998

 

 

 

1998 – The first Klick website was launched & the first Klick Science Brochure was printed

2002 – 2010 Expansion of Refurbishment Service, More Laboratories, Plus Academies & BSF!

 

2002 – Completed large laboratory fitout at Greenwich University which kick started Klick’s expansion into supplying commercial laboratories and universities

 

klick technology greenwich university labs

 

2002 – Jonathan Whitehurst took over as Managing Director. Len Whitehurst was appointed as Chairman

2003 – First Academy project at Capital City Academy, Willesden, London

 

klick technology archive photo of capital city academy lab
klick technology archive photo of capital city academy corridor

2006 – Expanded fitout offer and formed dedicated refurbishment team

 

2008 – Landmark extension & refurbishment project at Christ The Kings School, Preston

 

klick technology archive photo christ the king school preston building project

Building work in progress

klick technology archive photo christ the king school preston finished extension

Finished extension

2010 – Woodchurch High School – First Building Schools for the Future project

 

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klick technoogy archive photo woodchurch high school ict furniture

2011 – 2021 Further Expansion of Commercial Lab Division with New Website & Branding Update

2011 – Expansion of laboratory division

 

klick technology hologic laboratory furniture

2014 – Rebranding to form separate brand identity for Laboratories, Education & Healthcare divisions

klick technology 2014 logos for history page

2016 – Landmark project to fit out Biology department labs at University of York

 

klick technology york university super lab
university of york biology lab

2018 – Landmark project to fit out The Barton Science Centre at Tonbridge School, Kent.

 

Science laboratory furniture at Tonbridge School, Kent
tonbridge school science laboratory furniture

2020 – Restructure to concentrate on Commercial Laboratory and Educational Furniture & Fit-Out

klick technology logos for history page 2020

October 2021 – Landmark project completed, converting an empty warehouse shell to diagnostic testing labs for Covid, offices & breakout spaces.

 

biofortuna laboratory furniture
biofortuna breakout furniture

November 2021  – We are incredibly proud to be celebrating 40 years in business.
We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all our valued staff, clients and suppliers who have shared our journey.

Contact us today to discuss your project.

 

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