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 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.
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 Superframe trolley leaflet dating from Stag Industrial Estate
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
Building the warehouse on Claverton Road
Claverton Road site meeting with Len Whitehurst
1985 – Moved into current site on Claverton Road
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
September 1989 – Computer trolley leaflet
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.
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
Jan 1992 Klick Superstack 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
8/4/96 – Roy Longson joined as CAD assistant (Now Design Manager)
1996 – Landmark project at Holly Lodge School, Liverpool
3/3/97 – Jonathan Whitehurst joined as Company Director
1998 – The first Klick website was launched & the first Klick Science Brochure was printed
2002 – Completed large laboratory fitout at Greenwich University which kick started Klick’s expansion into supplying commercial laboratories and universities
2002 – Jonathan Whitehurst took over as Managing Director. Len Whitehurst was appointed as Chairman
2003 – First Academy project at Capital City Academy, Willesden, London
2006 – Expanded fitout offer and formed dedicated refurbishment team
2008 – Landmark extension & refurbishment project at Christ The Kings School, Preston
Building work in progress
2010 – Woodchurch High School – First Building Schools for the Future project
2011 – Expansion of laboratory division
2014 – Rebranding to form separate brand identity for Laboratories, Education & Healthcare divisions
2020 – Restructure to concentrate on Commercial Laboratory and Educational Furniture & Fit-Out
October 2021 – Significant project completed for Biofortuna Ltd, converting an empty warehouse shell to diagnostic testing labs, offices & breakout spaces.
“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 MD, with Clare Whitehurst, Marketing Director & Liam Carney, Contracts Manager
December 2022 – Completed project for Discovery Park which is nationally recognised as a life sciences opportunities zone. Klick were responsible for the furniture fit out of the Incubator Labs in B500 East Block.
April 2023 – Landmark lab construction project completed for AFC Energy providing a one-stop-shop solution to convert an aircraft hangar into 5 state-of-the-art laboratories for research into hydrogen fuel cells.
Klick continues to develop relationships within the educational and commercial sectors, concentrating on delivering exceptional levels of service in the supply and fit out of furniture for laboratories and specialist interiors.
"Klick’s staff were well organised and kept us informed with regular updates on progress, even bringing forward the completion date in order to show the room for a forthcoming Open Day. I was impressed with their efficiency and the quality of the science laboratory furniture and finish. The additional science laboratory has been met with delight by students and parents and we’re very pleased with the end result.”
“Klick have once again proved themselves to be able to deliver a quality product, on time and to a budget so you will certainly be on our list for future opportunities.”
“Klick were appointed to supply and fit the specialist laboratory furniture for the latest phase of refurbishment at the university. They co-ordinated the project well and had a clear understanding of what was required to provide a flexible research space suitable for our students. Their project management team liaised closely with the main contractor regarding the specifications and final connections. The project ran smoothly from start to handover, supported by a helpful and proactive site team. Klick have provided a quality product and the technicians are happy with the way the labs function.”
"Klick were selected by Interserve to supply the laboratory furniture for the project at The University of York. Initially they were proactive with providing information during the design phase, sourcing special colours and providing samples. Their package was cost effective. They also proved to be reliable and flexible in adapting their programme to react to site conditions. They developed a good working relationship with our site team, remaining supportive and professional throughout the project, dealing with any snagging issues promptly. Interserve are currently in discussion with Klick regarding further projects at the university and I would be happy to recommend them to others."
“Kier were delighted as main contractor to appoint Klick as their fitted furniture specialists. With a competitive price and many of the Callywith team having previously worked with Klick, it was an easy choice. They have responded well to a demanding programme and have met all deadlines. Their operations team was one step ahead with every detail and were proactive in addressing any site issues. The client is very happy with the quality of furniture and I hope to work with them in the near future!”
“With support from the Redhill Academy Trust.... we engaged Klick, they offered full project management throughout the project and any issues on site were quickly overcome. Their designers developed a furniture layout for both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the refurbishment that works well in all the different spaces. Klick offered full project management throughout the project and any issues on site were quickly overcome. The quality of their furniture is excellent and their refurbishment package offers good value for money.”
"Klick were selected by BDP, in conjunction with Tonbridge School to design and install the specialist laboratory furniture for The Barton Science Centre at Tonbridge School. The aim of the new extension was to revolutionise the way science is taught at the school and encourage cross curricular collaboration. The Klick design team impressed us as they had the flexibility to work with BDP to find bespoke solutions to meet the school’s needs... The feedback from the school is extremely positive commenting that the new science facility provides a world class environment for innovative teaching and learning.”
"We have worked with KLICK over the summer on the refurbishment of 3 science laboratories. This included a significant amount of building work as one laboratory was converted into two smaller rooms. In addition, our science lecture theatre was redesigned into Chemistry laboratory. This project was put together at rather short notice but this didn’t affect the quality of the work or the delivery of the project. We are really pleased with the outcome and wouldn’t hesitate to work with KLICK again."
"Klick Technology were nominated to supply furniture for the refurbishment of the science block at Emerson Park School. Their designers were instrumental in helping the school create layouts which work specifically for each different space. This involved developing a number of design concepts which were then discussed and developed in conjunction with the school. The project was executed within a tight time frame but Klick were proactive in keeping everything on track and their service has been of a very high standard. We look forward to working with Klick in the future."
“From our very first meeting with Klick we were confident they could deliver a quality full turnkey solution to refurbish two labs. This was not the easiest project, with a lot of compromise on their part regarding access to the labs due to us needing as many rooms open as possible during the pandemic. The team managed to produce a schedule that they delivered on time and the communications along the way from the project manager Liam were first class. Klick have been a pleasure to work with and we would recommend them without reservation.”
“Having worked with Klick over a number of years we have developed a really positive relationship. Their design input has been invaluable and they shared a clear understanding of our goals. It has been a pleasure to work with them on the two recent projects… This sees the successful completion of a 4 year project.”
"We are very happy with the quality, overall finish and the way the project was carried out. There were no nasty surprises or unforeseen costs and I wouldn’t hesitate to use Klick again.”
"Klick were able to tailor our workspace to exactly what we needed with suggestions and guidance on finishes and layout. The work was scheduled in for when was most suitable for us and was carried out with the minimum of fuss, on time and to budget."
“An extremely dynamic project which due to the age of the building and circumstances beyond either parties control meant that the project expanded and varied dramatically from initial conception. The Klick team worked incredibly cooperatively with ourselves, remodelling the internal space to accommodate 7 labs. They showed integrity in all respects and ensured the project was delivered swiftly and to a very high standard. Highly recommended and trustworthy, we will certainly look to use Klick for other such projects."
"The Klick design came in on budget, it was also the best value for money of the 3 that were quoted. All the other competitors had missed one or 2 things out. The tradesmen arrived on site when expected... The job was finished 3 days earlier than timetabled, everything has gone really well and the lab fits in perfectly with the rest of the building. We will definitely look to use your company again in the future if we have any other projects of this type.
"We had a really positive relationship working with Klick on the project to fit out the new modular building at Hyde Community College. The science laboratory furniture installation ran very smoothly but also their expertise was invaluable in co-ordinating the plumbing first and final fix to bring the services into the two labs. Their site team were proactive and communication was good at all stages of the project. The school staff are really pleased with the finished labs and we hope to partner with Klick on other projects.”