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Manufacturing firm Canvasman set for expansion

Bespoke boat cover and outdoor canopy manufacturer, Canvasman, has moved into new premises after receiving financing worth over £600,000 from NatWest.  

The new headquarters, based in Baildon, West Yorkshire are better suited to meet consumer demand and will enable the business to increase production. The company is also hiring new members of staff as it expands. 

Canvasman creates bespoke boat and vehicle covers as well as shop canopies for a variety of clients. The skilled design team add a personal touch to each product, offering personal services that are not available from many of Canvasman’s competitors.  

The company also offers a full refit and upholstery service, and designs and manufactures shade sails. 

Chris Salisbury, Canvasman managing director, said: “The relocation marks an exciting growth opportunity for the company. We are now able to bring new members into our team and offer our services to more customers. We’re dedicated to our craft and we are looking forward to what the future brings.” 

Canvasman was launched over 20 years ago in Chris’s basement.  The business has since grown from a one-man operation to a dedicated team of 20 highly skilled designers, cutters, sewers and fitters.  

The company continues to grow, with a turnover of approximately £1 million a year. Canvasman expects to double its workforce as a result of the funding package from NatWest, the Textiles Growth Programme and the Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP). 

Craig Emmerson, NatWest relationship manager, said “Canvasman has a hard-earned reputation for providing a high quality service and building strong relationships with its many customers. We look forward to developing our positive relationship with its dedicated team.”


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