His career in the carpet industry started at Kays Carpets on Dickson Rd as a then ‘carpet fitter’. With the mystery of the new-fangled ‘fitted carpets’ solved he climbed the woolly ladder from carpet fitter, to outside sales rep, estimator, contract estimator and finally to Manager of a newly opened branch on Lord Street, Fleetwood in 1965.
In 1968 Harbrons grocers shop (for those that remember) on the corner of Finsbury Ave and Ansdell Rd became empty. Being an ambitious young chap, Derek decided he knew the trade well enough to start his own business and rented it from the owner. In order to do so he sold his house and moved his wife and new baby into the flat above. Oh… and the name of this new venture… Finsbury House Carpets!
As anyone who has their own business will know – it’s not easy. After working all hour’s god sends for 7 days a week, month after month the business was doing well.
In 1982 the Co-op opposite Finsbury House came up for sale (again – for those that remember). Derek bought it without a second thought – needing more room, more fitters, more stock and no doubt more hours in a day! It was during this period of expansion that a certain young Carl Turner came to work for Derek, and we all know what happened next…
In 2008 Carl & Suzanne Turner became sole owners. The ethos of Finsbury House Carpets has always been and still is – to strive to offer competitive prices and excellent customer service. The business has seen a number of improvements and developments since that time such as:
- The opening of a warehouse at the rear of the shop
- A new Bed Showroom offering beds from leading manufactures including:
- Dream Vendors
- Harrison Beds
- plus many more
- Over 5000 colours and designs to choose from in their extensive range of carpets, Floorcoverings and Beds.
The ever changing trends in carpets and floorcoverings have seen the introduction of the super soft luxury carpets now on sale. Hard floors are becoming ever more popular with fantastic designs and natural looking floor coverings from Karndean and Quickstep.
Finsbury House recently opened a Karndean design showroom offering the largest choice on the Fylde coast of Karndean’s beautiful natural and bespoke looking floorcoverings. Finsbury House Carpets Ltd are also a Gold retailer, so you can be sure of the best prices around.
In 2018 we celebrated our 50th anniversary of trading. We kicked the year off with an amazing 50 offers in 50 days to say thankyou to our loyal customers over the years. It was also a chance to celebrate all our staff who have a wealth of experience, product knowledge and offer a rarely found personal touch. All our carpet fitters and floor layers are time served with over 70 years’ experience between them.
To celebrate our 50 years of trading Finsbury House Carpets & Beds were seen sharing their fantastic deals and offers via radio, social media and newspaper. 2018 was a truly great year and one we will remember for years to come.