A trustworthy brand with a rich history

Combining more than a century of experience in the manufacture, supply and installation of fitted kitchen furniture ensures that we deliver a superior quality product that will truly stand the test of time.

Being a member of Ballingslöv International, gives us access to an unrivalled wealth of experience within the kitchen industry dating back to 1929.

Timeline of key milestones

  • Manhattan events
  • Paula Rosa events

1940s

1946

1946

Dennis & Robinson founded in 1946 by George Dennis and Robbie Robinson. Manufacturing Clock cases in Portslade, East Sussex.

1950s

Early 1950s

Purchased by Smiths Industries.

1946

Late 1950s

Moved to Lancing Carriage Works which is still the current manufacturing site.

1960s

1946

Early 1960s

Started to manufacture kitchens.

1946

1965

Founded by David Robson (Kingfisher Wood Products Ltd). Manufacturing furniture from a farmer’s barn in Broadbridge Heath. First order was a sideboard for Mr & Mrs Hoyton £44–5 Shillings and 5D.

1960

Late 1960s

Produced kitchenettes for Butlins’ refurbishment after introducing MFC and replacement parts to the kitchen industry in the UK.

1960

1969

Opened first retail showroom in Storrington

1970s

1977

1977

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

1980s

1981

Opened retail showroom in Guildford

1982

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.

1988

Moved to one brand name "Paula Rosa" across all market sectors

1989

50% shareholding purchased by Ballingslöv, with put/call option 3 years later. Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Product To Level H For Heavy Domestic Use.

1990s

1992

Remaining 50% shareholding purchased by Ballingslov

1995

Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Product To Level H For Heavy Domestic Use

1999

1999

Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Installation

2000s

2011

Achieved FIRA Gold Certification for Special Needs Kitchen Furniture

2013

Manhattan is Purchased by Ballingslöv Group of Companies and merged with Paula Rosa to create Paula Rosa Manhattan.