Following a sustained period of growth for both businesses, respected aluminium fabricator, CDW Systems are proud to announce that cabinet specialists and sister company Designex has become a division of CDW.

Founded in the early 1990s, Designex has built an enviable reputation across the UK for bespoke glass cabinets, supplying both domestic and commercial customers from private collectors to jewellers, schools and businesses. Their British-made cabinets have even attracted celebrity customers including Gordon Ramsay, Sir James Dyson and Real Madrid and Wales International footballer Gareth Bale.

Now, after a positive start to 2019, and sales up 65% on the previous year, Designex joins CDW Systems – a fellow member of the £10 million East Manor Group and a company which is also celebrating a strong first half of the year. The aim is to use the CDW platform, along with their shared expertise and success to elevate the Designex brand.

Angela Phillips, Finance Director of CDW Systems comments: “Since East Manor Group acquired Designex in 2016, the company has continued to grow from strength to strength, supplying world-class cabinets to customers across the country.

“This move is designed to give Designex the space to continue their upward trajectory and meet rising demand. It also allows them to use the CDW platform to really raise their profile and promote their British-made product range to a new audience. With a shared expertise in aluminium and glass, and a shared commitment to delivering exceptional quality, it’s a fantastic fit for us at CDW.”

Tim Farr, who serves as Joint Manager of Designex with Sam Wickham adds: “This is great news for Designex as it ensures we are in the best possible position to drive the business forward. At such a pivotal time for the business with orders increasing month on month, the support of CDW Systems will prove invaluable.

“We are incredibly fortunate to be part of a group which understands the unique proposition we offer to customers. Not only are our British-made cabinets bespoke, our experience and expertise means we can meet design and technical specifications that other manufacturers simply cannot. We look forward to this next chapter for Designex and anticipate further success in this new, exciting partnership with CDW Systems.”

Founded in 1992, CDW Systems has firmly established itself as one of the UK’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of high-quality glazing products. Supplying both trade and commercial installation companies across the UK, CDW manufactures windows, doors, shop front systems and curtain walling from leading systems houses including Hydro (previously Sapa), Reynaers, Aluk and Smart Systems.

For more information call CDW Systems on 01452 414853 or visit To find out more about Designex Cabinets, call 01453 826868 or visit