Philip Whear Windows & Conservatories Ltd.
When Philip Whear married Penny, neither of them could have imagined that their partnership would extend to running a successful business in Cornwall. Philip, born in Camborne and a product of Redruth Grammar School and St. Paul’s College Cheltenham, was “up-country”, teaching Design and Technology at Lord Weymouth’s Public School in Warminster when they met. Whilst Philip concentrated on his pupils’ academic needs, Penny looked after their welfare as Matron.
The Wiltshire School must now seem a far cry from the highly competitive double-glazing industry where they have carved out a significant niche for themselves. Philip and Penny came back to Cornwall to live, Philip taking a job installing double-glazing. After a few years, in 1985, they set up their current business. His practical skills, along with his earlier design and technology experience, stood Philip in good stead to become a success.
Philip Whear Windows Unlimited was launched on the back of careful planning, an up-market business strategy and a determination to succeed. From the early days, the company has grown in size and the diversity of its products. The primary reason for the year on year growth has been largely due to the recommendations of previous customers. In 1988 the partnership moved, from being home based, to units at Cardrew Industrial Estate and started manufacturing their own frames. Obvious benefits came immediately from closer in-house control of quality, the facility for coping with the non-standard and significant improvement in delivery times. The manufacturing facility meant that a second market opened in the supply of finished products to other installers.