So how has our family business survived through two World Wars, economic depressions and most challenging of all – changing times?
Let’s take you back to 1915, where Wightman & Parrish began…
Frederick William Parrish joined George John Wightman in January 1915 to form Wightman & Parrish; an English ironmongers based in Lewes.
Eric Parrish (son of Frederick) was made MD of Wightman & Parrish at 25 years old.
Our current Chairman, joined Wightman & Parrish as Managing Director, playing an active role in the business - even to this date.
Wightman & Parrish won the Sussex Police Authority tender, the business took on industrial cleaning and janitorial products. “It was the beginning of the business we know today” - Michael Parrish.
Wightman & Parrish had outgrown its premises in Lewes and after an extensive search, found a warehouse in a nearby town called Hailsham.
Michael Parrish’s son Nicholas, joined the board and added healthcare equipment to the portfolio. This meant the business had to purchase more space to accommodate. The new space was opened by none other than Ray Mears.
We are always on the lookout for new talent to grow and develop our team here at Wightman & Parrish. If you believe you have something to offer, why not check out our current vacancies or contact us to find out more.