Founded in 1899, the company originally known as C&W Walker Holdings Limited, was an engineering company which manufactured gas containers. In 1986, the merger with Greenbank Group PLC, another engineering firm, established the current entity Walker Greenbank PLC a public limited company listed on the London Stock Exchange.
In 1987 the acquisition of Wallcoverings International was the start of the business we have today, as this acquisition included the wallpaper manufacturer Anstey Wallpaper Company, and the marketing brands names of Harlequin and Zoffany. During the late 80's the company focused on the wallpaper and home furnishings market, and the various engineering companies that had comprised the group were sold in 1990.
During the early 1990's the group grew by a number of acquisitions, becoming one of Europe's largest commercial wallcovering manufacturers and distributors and one of the UK's leading domestic wallpaper and fabric companies.
In 1998 the decision was made to concentrate on the home furnishings market and the commercial wallcoverings division was sold, the proceeds enabling a substantial dividend to be returned to shareholders.
In the latter part of 1999 it was decided to consolidate the group's wallpaper manufacturers Anstey Wallpaper Company and Sileby Screen Print, into the current factory at Loughborough. This consolidation was eventually completed in 2000. Also in 2000, the group purchased the fabric printer Standfast Dyers and Printers and Barracks Fabric Printing Company, thus achieving an in-house fabric printing business.
From 2001, in a depressed market, the group managed to consolidate its core businesses thus achieving cost saving and vertically integrate its manufacture and supply to its brands.
In 2003, it was decided that it would be in the best interests of the Company to transfer its stock exchange listing to the more flexible Alternative Investment Market,
In August 2003 the group was successful in its bid to acquire the trade and certain assets of Arthur Sanderson & Sons, which included the prestigious Morris & Co brand. Significant investment in product and marketing followed, and both brands have continued to grow and enjoy unrivalled global recognition.
In the years following this historic acquisition, the group focused on reducing its cost base, improving manufacturing efficiency and reducing net debt, whilst at the same time investing in quality product and innovative design and broadening the group’s product diversification through a programme of licensing partnerships.
Having successfully returned the group to profitability and resumed a consistent dividend return to shareholders, in 2016 the group made the strategic acquisition of the Clarke & Clarke business, enhancing the group’s scale of operations and market penetration with broader product offering and customer profiles, as well as improved international reach.