Wisbech firm celebrates producing wallpaper books for 125 years

Andrew and Syliva cut the cake to mark 125 years of Pike Textiles in Wisbech

Andrew and Syliva cut the cake to mark 125 years of Pike Textiles in Wisbech - Credit: Archant

If you have ever looked through a wallpaper sample book then chances are it will have been made by a Wisbech firm toasting its 125th year in business.

Pike Textiles is celebrating decades of pattern book production working with some of the world’s top brands.

Caroline Adams, sales and marketing manager, said: “In 1891 the Pike Brothers James and William formed James Pike Brother & Co in London in 1891, and four generations later the business continues to be a front runner in the pattern book industry.

“Based in Weasenham Lane and employing more than 100 staff members, the Pike family business has gone from strength to strength.

“If you have ever flicked through a book to choose your wallpaper or your fabric, there is a chance that Pike Textiles will have made that book.

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“Working with some of the world’s most prestigious design and retail brands, Pike Textiles has been a key player in the interior design and fashion fabrics industries, manufacturing around 5,000 pattern books per week.”

This month, the business owners, current Pike employees, retired employees and some of their long standing suppliers gathered together at local restaurant Giraffe for an afternoon of celebration.

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Sales director Andrew Pike delivered a speech detailing the history of the business and managing director Jon Allen led the staff in thanking the Pike family for their support, generosity and loyalty over the generations.

Caroline said: “While celebrating this illustrious heritage, Pike Textiles is now more forward looking than ever and has re-branded with a new logo combining fresh colours and a dynamic design.

“If you pass by the Wisbech factory, you will no doubt see the new signage on the building, or indeed see one of our fleet of vans proudly displaying the new livery.”

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