Operating from our factories in Lancing, West Sussex, Paula Rosa Manhattan has supplied kitchens to the UK's leading developers, Registered Providers and Contractors for more than 50 years. During this time we have developed a reputation for developing products of the highest quality, supported by a high level of personalised service.
Committed to the on-going drive for excellence
In January 2013 the Paula Rosa and Manhattan Furniture brands joined forces to form the second largest company in the UK contract kitchen market.
Combining more than a century of experience in the manufacture, supply and installation of fitted kitchen furniture, the two brands provide an offering that ranges from an entry level social housing specification to bespoke top end solutions for high value urban schemes.
This all encompassing product range, combined with one of the leading sub-contract installation services in the UK market, makes Paula Rosa Manhattan the ideal partner for developers, contractors and social housing providers.
A member of the Ballingslöv International group of companies Paula Rosa Manhattan also benefits from the technical, intellectual and financial capacity that a £250Million turnover group with a history going back to 1929 can offer.
Iain Flitcroft, UK Managing Director said: "This exciting union of two established brands offers huge opportunities for our team, our stakeholders and of course, our customers. We all look to the future with excitement and anticipation."
Paula Rosa Manhattan is in the business of designing, manufacturing, supplying and installing quality kitchens and bathrooms for UK homes.
Kitchens and bathrooms are designed and manufactured to meet the requirements of the FIRA Gold Award for Design and Manufacture as well as all applicable British Standards and customer specifications. The product is installed to the requirements of the FIRA Gold Award for Installation.
The commitment to a total quality culture is further enhanced by IIP accreditation, award of the coveted Royal Warrant, and membership of the British Safety Council, who have recognised Paula Rosa Manhattan formally for excellence over the past decade.
The organisation has mapped its business and support processes and is operating a Management System that complies in all respects with the requirements of ISO 9001:2008. The objectives and the methods of monitoring those objectives are integral within the process maps.
The management of Paula Rosa Manhattan hereby affirms its commitment to the implementation and continued improvement of this Management System, which enables employees at Paula Rosa Manhattan to provide best value and practices.
Paula Rosa Manhattan is committed to the on-going drive for excellence and its mission statement “delivering creativity, value and excellence in living spaces for UK homes” reflects this.
Designing and building kitchen furniture for 60 years.
In January 2013, the Paula Rosa and Manhattan brands joined forces to form the second largest company in the UK contract kitchen market.
Dennis & Robinson Founded in 1946 by George Dennis and Robbie Robinson. Manufacturing Clock cases in Portslade East Sussex
Purchased by Smiths Industries
Moved to Lancing Carriage Works which is the still the current manufacturing site
Started to manufacture kitchens
- Founded by David Robson (Kingfisher Wood Products Ltd)
- Manufacturing furniture from farmer's barn in Broadbridge Heath, First order was a sideboard for Mr & Mrs Hoyton £44 - 5 Shillings and 5D
Produced kitchenettes for Butlins refurbishment after introducing MFC and replacement parts to kitchen industry in UK
Opened first retail showroom in Storrington
- Opened new factory in Telford, focussing on public sector (council housing)
- Introduced "Paula Rosa" as brand name for retail showrooms - Named after daughter Paula and wife Rosemary
- Introduced "Topaz" as brand name for public sector
MBO led by Jim Downs
- Opened retail showroom in Guildford
- Closed factory in Telford following the slow down of the 'building consortium' arrangements by the government.
- Exited public sector market
- Opened retail showroom in Brighton
Moved to one brand name "Paula Rosa" across all market sectors
- 50% shareholding purchased by Ballingslöv, with put/call option 3years later
- Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Product To Level H For Heavy Domestic Use
Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Product To Level H For Heavy Domestic Use
Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Installation
Remaining 50% shareholding purchased by Ballingslov
2nd Generation MBO led by Iain Flitcroft
Appointed the Royal Warrant by her majesty the Queen, manufacturers and installers of kitchen and bathroom furniture
Awarded Investors in People
3rd Generation MBO led by Iain Flitcroft
Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Special Needs Kitchen Furniture
Manhattan is Purchased by Ballingslöv Group of Companies and merged with Paula Rosa to create Paula Rosa Manhattan.
We are all immensely proud of our extensive list of accreditations. We believe no other kitchen company offers you such high levels of commitment to outstanding products, first class service and the environment.
In January 2001 Paula Rosa Manhattan was awarded the Royal Warrant as Kitchen Manufacturers and Installers to Her Majesty the Queen.
We are proud to have completed numerous projects at Windsor Castle, Hampton Court, Kensington and St. James's Palaces.
FIRA Gold Product Certification
(FIRA) Gold Product Certification to BS6222 Part 2 Level H, Heavy Domestic Use.
The FIRA logo assures our customers that our products have been independently and rigorously tested to the highest standards. It is testament to our furniture that we have continually held this accreditation since 1995.
FIRA Gold Installation Certification
Paula Rosa Manhattan was the first contract kitchen manufacturer also to hold the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) Gold Installation Certification.
FIRA's independent auditing of installation procedures ensures consistent quality, and reassurance that our products are professionally completed to the highest standards.
Paula Rosa Manhattan is certified to BSEN 9001:2000 Quality Management System Standard and subsequent 2008 Standard.
ISO9001 enables us to demonstrate our commitment to service quality and customer satisfaction, as well as continuously improving our quality management systems.
Paula Rosa Manhattan is certified to BSEN 14001:2004 Environmental Management System Standard.
ISO14001 helps us reduce our environmental impact and measure our consumption of raw materials and natural resources whilst reducing waste.
BS OHSAS 18001 sets out the minimum requirements for occupational health and safety management best practice.
Paula Rosa Manhattan has gained certification to the standard, the Impetus for which came form a desire within the company to be able to incorporate Occupational Health and Safety into the existing well established management system framework ensuring continual improvement and a focus on Health and Safety beyond legal compliance.
Investors in People
Paula Rosa Manhattan are an accredited Investor In People company.
IIP ensures we fully develop our employees, continually improve our performance and stand out from our competition.
Forest Stewardship Council®
Paula Rosa Manhattan are certified in accordance with the requirements of the Forest Stewardship Council using the FSC® Chain of Custody standard.
FSC® is an international organisation dedicated to promoting responsible management of the world's forests, founded in response to public concern about deforestation and demand for a trustworthy wood labelling scheme.
Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes
Paula Rosa Manhattan are certified in accordance with the requirements of The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification.
PEFC works throughout the forest supply chain to promote good practice and ensure that timber and non-timber products alike are produced with respect for the highest ecological, social and ethical standards.
The Furniture Industry Sustainability Programme (FISP)
FISP is established as the industry forum on all environmental and sustainable issues.
FISP membership demonstrates that a company is taking its environmental and corporate social responsibility obligations seriously. FISP is backed by the entire furniture industry and is the mark of sustainable excellence.
Construction Skills Certificate Scheme (CSCS)
Paula Rosa Manhattan is committed to CSCS, all of our site operatives have completed the Health and Safety test and hold a relevant CSCS Card.
Safety Schemes In Procurement (SSIP)
Paula Rosa Manhattan is certified to a SSIP accredited scheme responsible for health and safety competence standards in the UK.
Our commitment to the environment
Paula Rosa Manhattan's stated objective is to minimise the effects of our operation on the environment. We have recently launched Planet2050®, which is an ultra sustainable kitchen that has been created to assist The Housing Construction Industry to meet its Climate Change Act 2008 environmental targets. Ask your sales manager for more information.
Our Environmental strategy is continually reviewed against our identified aspects and stakeholder requirements.
As a producer of a Timber based product we are aware of our responsibility to ensure that and our raw materials and kitchen components are legally and sustainable sourced. Our FSC® and PEFC Chain of Custody Certification demonstrate our commitment to the procurement of responsibly sourced timber. Choosing a Paula Rosa Manhattan kitchen made from responsibly sourced timber for your development can contribute to Code for sustainable homes credits.
Our BS: EN 14001 Certified Environmental Management demonstrates our commitment to identifying our environmental aspects and minimising the impact our local environment as well as on a wider scale.
Our Supply Chain Department source materials from approved suppliers who share our environmental principles, where practicable materials are sourced from local and then UK suppliers reducing the carbon emissions associated with material transportation.
- We help our customers create sustainable homes and communities
- We comply with current and identification of future legislative requirements
- We continually improve, assess and manage environmental risk
- We ensure more efficient use of raw materials and reductions in waste
Energy and Waste
In conjunction with our local partners, we now use 95% of our waste material for the production of electricity that is fed back into the national grid.
However, it is not just with the production of electricity we are helping, over the last six months we have consumed an incredible 29% less electricity in the production of our cabinets. Add to that the 10% reduction we have achieved in wasted raw material and we are really seeing the benefits of our 'lean manufacturing' processes.
What is Planet2050®?
Energy management is an emerging theme that has an enormous impact upon the UK construction industry.
The construction industry is required to reduce its carbon emissions by 77% before 2050 (The Green Construction Board). Planet2050® is the name of our revised sustainability strategy which explains how we are helping the housing construction industry to meet its targets.
BREEAM, New National Technical Standards and the Home Quality Mark
We have created the Planet2050® kitchen by handpicking elements from our extensive kitchen range to meet these scheme guidelines.
Planet2050® will help the construction industry to achieve the Building Regulation standards required in the The New National Technical Standards and BREEAM’s Refurbishment of Domestic Homes. We also recognise and support the requirements of BREEAM’s Home Quality Mark.
It is important that all of our people learn about how precious our planet is so that Paula Rosa Manhattan can commit to The Climate Change Act 2008.
Therefore all staff, from kitchen designers, to the manufacturing team, to surveyors, installers, our sales team, management team and directors are trained about climate change which has resulted in a workplace of environmental champions. See our environmental accreditations.
For the last 60 years Dennis & Robinson Ltd (Paula Rosa Manhattan) has employed, trained and developed graduates, administrative staff and craftsmen, here in West Sussex. As a dynamic, developing business we are always keen to meet high calibre individuals who feel they can genuinely add value to the business.
Current vacancy – kitchen fitters
Kitchen fitters required across the UK. Are you an experienced kitchen fitter?
If you are self-employed and looking to work with the UK's fastest growing and best provider of kitchen solutions in the contract market then join us on our mission to deliver creativity, value and excellence in living spaces for UK homes.
If you feel your skills could be suited to this position then please send your CV with a covering letter to:
Paula Rosa Manhattan
Blenheim Road, Lancing Business Park, Lancing
West Sussex, BN15 8UH
Alternatively, you can email your CV with a covering letter to: firstname.lastname@example.org