Our History

Amb_Drawing_Bd_Old_1The company began thirty two years ago (in 1983) as a one man business in the Enterprise Workshops at Byker with a 320 sq. ft unit, a bag of tools, a £200 overdraft and the intention of manufacturing drawing office equipment and similar furniture. The larger items of equipment provided by the enterprise centre were shared communally with other tenants.

At that time production could only be achieved by hard work, ingenuity and long hours. Machine tools had to be modified to produce items not intended on that type of equipment. Other machines were designed and built from scratch – some items could only be produced by long tedious work because the cash for the correct equipment was not available. The skill and precise standards acquired as an apprentice and in a career as a draughtsman and then as a senior engineer proved invaluable in producing reliable well-built furniture conceived and manufactured as an engineered product rather than being built to a price.

These technical drawing boards proved to be very popular. However an opportunity arose in 1984 during a competitive tendering process with Gateshead Education Authority to design and produce reliable computer trollies and furniture for educational use. These products were designed and manufactured from a multi-disciplined precision perspective giving consideration to all aspects of performance eliminating problems as compared to products created by the dedicated trades of a welder or by a joiner or by a painter.

Such was the reputation achieved from these sturdy items that advertising and marketing of the products of the business was not required, sales were acquired by personal recommendation from user to user therefore more finance could be returned to the business to invest in additional equipment and resources. This policy assisted in adopting additional and technically advanced manufacturing methods to cater for the increasing demand for quality long life school furniture. The quality products produced by the business differentiated them quite dramatically from the flat packed furniture within schools with regard to strength and build quality that had such a negative effect on longevity. It was the success of these furniture products that firmly established the company as local leaders in the design and manufacture of educational furniture.

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What We Do

elemore-hallHere at Ambic we have invested in top of the range manufacturing machinery and only employ talented, skilled craftsmen. Purchase our loose & fitted furniture and you will have invested well. Our furniture designs are engineer led and built to last. We take pride in manufacturing our furniture to the highest standards so that our clients expectations are exceeded.

We work extensively with Architects, Designers and Construction Companies providing bespoke loose and fitted furniture solutions. We work to budgets & deadlines & offer a dedicated ‘turnaround’ service, undertaking your project with complete confidence.

We are technical specialists with over thirty years of experience, providing you with optimum and aesthetic solutions that will not only satisfy the needs of the user but also will conform to the demands of other parties with regards to repairs and safety measures. We are not limited or weakened by the standardisation of mass produced and pre-determined furniture sizes. We make furniture to fit your requirements as we recognise that fitted furniture needs to be installed professionally around existing obstacles, such as pipe work, heaters or other static structures.

We refuse to use inferior construction materials or use assembly or fitting methods that sacrifice durability and strength. Our furniture is engineered to cope with the rigorous demands put upon them in realistically busy, heavy-duty environments.

Our purpose built factory with designated design, woodwork, paint shop, metal work and assembly departments allow us to undertake a wide range of manufacturing processes which we have full control over.

Specialist Residential Care Furniture

Finding the right loose and fitted furniture for your residential care home or student accommodation can be tricky. It has to be safe, fit for function, easy to clean and stand the test of time but it also has to be attractive!

We recently created furniture for a brand new purpose built residential home whose younger residents have a complex range of behavioral problems and autism. The furniture had to be safe, strong and sturdy but at the same time look contemporary and personal-not ‘residential’ or ‘utilitarian’. The residents and care workers were delighted with the furniture we manufactured which included furniture for bedrooms, kitchens, lounges, offices and reception areas and their fabulous community centre where we manufactured and installed fitted and loose furniture in their art and ICT rooms, reception area, cafe and large function hall.

We also design for specific needs and colour preferences so that each resident can have furniture that works particularly well for themselves, we can also adapt and create furniture for users with physical disabilities.

We also work with a specialist care company that provide ISL accommodation. The company insists that their residents have a choice of furnishings, designs & colours to suit each individual. We at Ambic work alongside companies to make sure that residents, their families and carers make the very best choices for ‘their’ home.

No matter what your residents’ needs or requirements we will offer excellent advice and solutions, your project will be completed on time & on budget!

Let us utilise our years of proven experience to deliver a quality and innovative solution for you!


Doorset Manufacture and Installation

We also apply our high standards and robust quality to our doorsets. We supply a wide range of different customers with bespoke doorsets, including specialist applications such as X-ray , Fire rated, hospital, school and leisure industry doorsets. They are produced with an array of finishes spanning through different price ranges to meet your specific needs and budget.

Our doorsets are manufactured at our facility in County Durham by a team of experienced joiners and product specialists and we are confident that our products will still look great after many years of use.




Business Installations

We have collaborated with many national construction companies, designers and architects to manufacture and install fitted and loose furniture for  hotels, educational establishments, doctors surgeries, police stations, estate agents and many other businesses. Because we manufacture to order you can always have exactly what you or your client requires with none of the limitations of standardised ‘off the shelf’ products.

We pride ourselves on providing an excellent service and recognise that the manufacturer-contractor-client relationship is critical and central to the smooth implementation of a working solution. This is a three way process built on trust, understanding and experience. Ambic always work closely with all parties involved on a friendly and personal level. We appreciate and value the importance of open, frank and honest teamwork throughout. We treat others how we would wish to be treated  ourselves and regularly go over and above the call of duty in order to satisfy the technical and practical needs of our contractors and their clients.

We do not cut corners in delivering the optimum solution for your projects! Call us today and find out how we can help you to make your project happen!


Design Realisation

Coach-smallWe are the guys to call if you want a truly SPECIAL one off or short run. You may have an idea for a unique piece of furniture, structure or a brand new product but need some help to design it, or you may have a great design but need help to produce a prototype.

We have an array of manufacturing capabilities and engineering experience and have helped out many of our clients who cannot find exactly what they are looking for. But most impressively our genuine enthusiasm and our ability to ‘think outside the box’ are what clients tell us they love most about us!

We’re the ‘down to earth’, ‘not afraid to get our hands dirty’ type of guys who love a challenge – let us at it!


Why Trust Us?

  • Quality design & manufacturing – All of our furniture is manufactured at our own factory where we have full control over design, manufacture & production, this means that you can have the furniture you really want rather than just what is on offer. No flat pack, our furniture is fully assembled by our skilled craftsmen & delivered ready for immediate use.
  • Quality installations – We offer a complete turnaround service including design, and manufacture and installation. Our professional fitting teams are multi-disciplined enabling them to complete work in a fraction of the time of our competitors.
  • Precision engineering – You are purchasing furniture that is precision engineered to last with top quality materials, offering you the best value for your money.
  • Made to order – We make all of our loose & fitted furniture to order, no waste or stock piling meaning greener credentials. Any of our standard designs can also be ‘tweaked’ to your requirements.
  • No hard sell – Our friendly furniture designers are not sales led, they listen and offer advice to supply you with solutions that will really work for you and your clients. They will guide you through each stage and will project manage, overseeing the project from concept to completion.
  • Fast turn around time – We usually manufacture loose furniture 2-3 weeks from order to delivery. For fitted furniture & larger projects timescales will be worked out and agreed with you.
  • Urgent order? – Because we control production we can, if necessary, accommodate unusually urgent work.
  • Loyal customer base – Our customers return to us time and time again, our reputation has been built by word of mouth rather than advertising.
  • 30 years of listening! – By listening to you, our clients, we are constantly updating our furniture to meet new requirements and offer new solutions. We do not sell what we make, we make what you need!

_0139_o136b~july_2009We know how important a project is to you, we know that you want someone trustworthy who is not going to let you down or leave you in the lurch. Our word is our bond, we don’t believe in ‘it’s good enough’ we are very proud of the quality of our work and if something goes wrong and it’s our fault (which very occasionally happens-we’re not completely perfect!) there’ll be no excuses-we’ll put it right, no whining! This attitude has served us well for over thirty years and has re assured new clients that we’re there for you, we’re on your side!

Ok so you’ve hopefully seen and heard enough from us to take a leap of faith and make contact with us! You won’t be disappointed – we won’t let that happen!

Call us, we’d love to discuss your project with you.




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