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            About Us

            Howdens was established in 1995 to provide trade customers with kitchens, joinery, and hardware products, which are available from local stock at depots across the UK, France, and Belgium. Starting with just 14 depots, there are now more than 750 locations supporting the trade achieve exceptional results for their customers. As a British manufacturer, we were founded on the principle that the business should be worthwhile for all concerned. That includes our customers, the homeowners they serve, the local communities we operate in, local and national charities, our large network of suppliers, our investors, and of course our people. Our commitment to these areas has led to many accolades, which include being voted in the Top 25 Best Big Companies to work for by the Sunday Times in 2020. We also hold a Royal Warrant by Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen to supply goods and services to Royal Households since 2015. And in 2020, the Mintel group named us as the UK’s number one supplier of trade kitchens.

            Supporting local businesses

            • UK No. 1 Trade Kitchen Supplier*

              We pride ourselves on providing the best service to our customers, and as a result, we are the UK's Number 1 Trade Kitchen Supplier. *Source: Mintel 2020, UK Kitchens and Kitchen Furniture Report
              • Our history

                Founded in 1995, Howdens has grown from just 14 depots to more than 700 across the UK and Europe thanks to our trade-only model.  
              • Product design and innovation

                Our customers expect market-leading products at the best price, which is why product  innovation is at our core.

            Serving local communities

              • Manufacturing 

                One in four of our products are manufactured in the UK at  two dedicated manufacturing factories in England.
              • Sustainability

                We are committed to protecting the environment and 100 per cent of our chipboard and MDF materials are from certified sources.
            • Charities

              Every year, our staff go above and beyond to support local causes, clubs and charities. Just as the kitchen is the centre of the home, we position ourselves at the centre of communities in order to help those most in need.

            Empowering local people

            • Apprenticeships

              At Howdens we are proud of our apprenticeship and graduate programmes, which help young people get ahead in their careers.
            • Careers

              We also have a huge variety of teams, all linked together by one common purpose - to offer great service to our trade customers. 

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