"It all started after the war in 1946. My father Jack Cluer was a marine engineer, and at the time motor torpedo boats were being dismantled and he had access to vast quantities of steel tubing from the shipyards. It was at a time when new institutions were being set up such as the National Health Service and educational establishments and he approached the council and simply asked what they required – therfore production began with things like pot and pan racks for schools, and hospital beds."
"My father bought a house in Humber Road in Blackheath, South-East London. He had a garage at the bottom of the garden which is where the manufacturing took place. As the business grew, he rented the garages from neighbours either side to increase the manufacturing space. "
"All of the products created were tubular furniture – so it was a simple combination of Furniture and Tubes!"
"As it was run from our home, I got involved when I was a child. At the time screws and bolts were hard to come by – there was no Screwfix in those days! My father had good contacts, and he would buy mixed bags of bolts, screws and washers at auction. I would then work with my brother to sort the bags into each type, and would get paid 1 penny for each completed bag!
It was very much a ‘make do and mend’ time, so if we needed a particular length screw it would be cut down to size from what we had available."