Established John F. White
Carpenter and Joiner,
with a set of tools and
a Mini car.
1970First workshop was set up in the garage of Mr Fred
and Mrs Joyce White. Small items of joinery were
made and fitted from here.
1971First van. A Vauxhall Viva.
First employee was taken on.
First reception counter: Falstaff Hotel, Leamington Spa.
1972Ken Armstrong was employed.
The second workshop was taken on and the team moved into the buildings
behind Princes Street DIY Centre. The main type of
work carried out here was domestic work (windows,
doors and other furniture items.)
A bay window was
once manufactured so big that it had to be carried
over a few garden fences to find an entry between
houses big enough to get it out.
1973Susan Bennett joined JFW.
1973 - 75: Mid 70’s recession
1974Sid Thorpe joined JFW. Third workshop at the
R/O 65 Princes Street was taken on as workload
An upstairs workshop with storage
and an office below. Everything had to be carried
up and down the stairs of the workshop
1975First Abbey Hosiery,
patterns for clothing
1976First export. 3D inspection units to Israel and South
First bar ft: Mount Pleasant, Coventry.
1978John and Sid build
1979Dexter Hendricks joins
JFW as an apprentice.
19801980 – 81: Early 80’s
1981Third workshop was taken on in Slingsby Close,
Attleborough Fields Industrial Estate. A ground
ﬂoor industrial unit with large doors and a small
offce. The move saw traumatic times as overheads
were higher than Princes Street and the poor
economy caused a slump in work.
1984First job for the NHS, a reception counter for
George Eliot Hospital. We still enjoy a great
working relationship with the trust today
1985Blacksmiths Arms, a simple bar top re-lacquer and
an optics rail, however, the landlord loaded the
optics rail up with the largest spirit bottles available
which pulled the optics rail off the wall and onto the
bar top, destroying all the alcohol and damaging the top...
1986Adam was born
1987Matthew was born
1988First Little Chef, Northampton.
1989Purchased Unit 6 Veasey Close, the home of JFW ever
since. Alterations were made to the unit including a
mezzanine ﬂoor and an inner lobby area to meet and
greet. New machines were also purchased to help with
the new expanding direction into the leisure industry.
First Berni Inn bar ft, Stratford-upon-Avon. The team
went on to manufacture and ft bars for several other
Berni Inn’s nationwide.
19901990 – 91: Early 90’s recession
1991Complete bar ft of the world-famous John Snow pub
in Soho, London. It still remains today.
John uses delivery as an excuse for a weekend away
and takes his father Fred White and Father
-in-law Harold Smith to deliver
clothing inspection units to Aspatria, using The Swan
Hotel, Grasmere in the Lake District as a stopover.
Harold and Fred enjoyed the whiskeys available at the
bar that night
1994First export to Norway, Pakkhus Public House, Farsund.
This job saw the beginning of many jobs in Scandinavia.
The team would manufacture everything in the workshop,
load it into a container which was then shipped off to its
final destination. A team would then make the trip over
by air and reassemble the furniture and cabinets on-site,
sometimes working day and night to meet tight deadlines.
1995First export to Greenland, Tugto Rest, Sisimiut. A bar
ft with brass dance ﬂoor and pull out stage area.
Danny joins JFW as an apprentice
1997First export to Denmark, Rosie McGee restaurant, Skive.
Bar backftting and restaurant furniture.
Brown's wine bar, Coventry ft out.
1998First Shipley Amusements Centre refurb,Leamington Spa.
Purchased Unit 5 Veasey Close, doubling the workshop
size with a foreman’s office and a storeroom. The extra
space allowed for the purchase of a wall saw, insuring
neater more accurate cuts of sheet material and the
installation of a spray booth which gave JFW the
capability of finishing furniture safely and to a high standard.
Abingdon School, study carrells.
2002Paula Joins JFW.
Adam begins apprenticeship.
First Ben’s Cookies. High St, Kensington. We are currently in
the preparation stage of the 3rd shop reft of this store.
2003A replica door with CD storage is crafted for HM Queen
John F. White Cabinetmakers becomes a Limited company
2004Manufactured nativity crib for St Osburgs and
Coventry City Centre, we have erected and
dismantled this every year since.
2007Danny becomes workshop manager.
Adam joins JFW Ltd
2008Riot shield fitted to white Iveco van.
Supply of all shop furniture for Liz Earle, Leeds.
2008 – 09: ‘The great recession’.
2011Complete shop ft, Shipley’s
2012John retires, but not without celebration. The team
enjoyed a weekend to Oktoberfest, Munich.
2013Complete shop ft, Ben’s
Cookies Westfield, London
2014Export of Ben’s cookie shop ft materials to Saudi Arabia and Singapore
2015Manufacture and installation of ward furniture to brand new ward block at Warwick Hospital.
2016Refurb of our original shopfit at Shipley’s Amusements, Leamington Spa.
2017Large project for Bromsgrove School Routh and Cobham buildings.
Manufacture and installation of counter, cabinets and nurse bases for new buildings at Stratford Hospital
2018Homag Edgebander is purchased and installed. Improving the quality of our finished panel products.