Few can say they began as a family business over a century ago and have stayed that that way ever since. Fewer still can say they’ve been providing world-class floors to some of the UK’s most successful companies the whole time.
From our humble beginnings almost 120 years ago, we’ve become one of the longest standing family-owned flooring businesses in the UK. Four generations have taken the company from strength to strength, expanding our client base, broadening our product offerings, and building a greater presence in the rich landscape of British business and industry.
Along the timeline below, we track the company’s long and successful journey through the major events in its history. From June 1998 to the present day, you can discover how we went from our founding by the first generation to the handover to the fourth generation, our first television studio floor to projects with names like BBC, Sky Sports, Hyundai, and the Henry Moore Foundation, and from a small, unknown company made in London to an international, world-class provider of industrial flooring.
Use the arrows below to browse the Elgood history timeline. If you’d like more information on any project in particular, check out our flooring projects page or get in touch with a member of our team. Here’s to another 120 years of laying the ground beneath the feet of some of the UK’s biggest businesses, and marching forward as a proud, family-owned, British manufacturer.
E.J. ELGOOD LTD ESTABLISHED E.J. Elgood Ltd established to manufacture and install concrete and granolithic industrial floors.
SECOND FAMILY GENERATION Second Generation of family take over
DECORATIVE FLOORING INTRODUCED Elgood add Decorative Flooring to their offering.
FIRST RESIN PRODUCTS LAUNCHED First Resin Products launched
THIRD GENERATION TAKE OVER Third Generation of family take over
FIRST RESIN STUDIO FLOOR First resin Studio Floor installed
DIY RANGE LAUNCHED DIY range launched
MIDLAND INDUSTRIAL GLASS, BIRMINGHAM Midland Glass planned to relocate their Birmingham operation and the floor was an integral part of the refurbishment programme. Midland Glass selected Elgood to install our Britdura 500 Solvent Free Epoxy Floor Coating.
SWIFTFLOW / GVA GRIMLEY The milling machine left tracking marks. These tracking marks had to be reduced to provide an even wearing surface. For this reason we used industrial floor grinders to smooth the profile in the surface of the concrete. The photograph (right middle) at left illustrates an industrial grinding machine in operation.
HEPWORTH PLUMBING, DONCASTER After consulting with Hepworth Heating an associated company, Hepworth Plumbing decided to have our Britdura 500 Solvent Free Epoxy Floor Coating installed.
OXFORD ENGINEERING, ABINGDON The aim was to find a cost effective way to upgrade the appearance of the floors. It was important that the floor sealed the worn and dusting surface and provide a hard wearing working surface.
KV, MILTON KEYNES The client carried out a thorough investigation into which flooring would be most suitable for their requirements including looking at pigmented concrete. They wanted a floor covering that would have a good standard of appearance and most importantly be able to tolerate the transfer of the heavy machinery into the building shortly after completion.
CORONATION STREET STUDIOS, MANCHESTER A studio floor with no inclines which might produce unwanted camera movement from a stationary position. The studio floor was to have no surface imperfections which might disrupt smooth camera movement (i.e. shudders or jolts that are magnified by the pedestal) when tracking across the floor.
THE HENRY MOORE FOUNDATION GALLERY Elgood Flooring were contacted by the foundation and consulted as to a suitable floor covering for the new gallery. The converted building had an unusual concrete floor which demanded careful consideration. In addition to the floor covering having to be functional, the floor also had to be both aesthetically pleasing and congruous with the surroundings of the gallery.
KONE LIFTS, BRISTOL A floor covering that was designed for use both in assembly areas and gangways.
SHARPS BEDROOMS, WOLVERHAMPTON Instead of having solid gangways installed, Sharps Bedrooms decided to have our Permanent Epoxy line markings laid. The photographs show the finished lines. The line markings have a longevity and appearance far superior to spray painted lines.
KING STURGE, HEDGE END, SOUTHAMPTON The property agent King Sturge required a floor for their client that was suitable for various types of industrial working environments and would help lift the overall presentation of the building. A primary concern of King Sturge was that our Workmanship and Materials Guarantee was transferable to the incoming tenant.
SMALL & TIDMAS, BODMIN, CORNWALL Small & Tidmas requested a floor that would even the undulating and badly worn concrete to give it a new lease of life as well as help lift the presentation of the factory. Additionally, Small & Tidmas were keen that the new floor should meet their budgeting criteria and strike the correct balance between cost and performance.
AVICA AEROSPACE, HEMEL HEMPSTEAD A cost effective Epoxy floor coating to improve the appearance of the floor and lift the overall presentation of the production area. Avica chose a specific BS colour from outside of the stock colour range for no extra cost.
DOMINO PRINTERS, BAR HILL, CAMBRIDGE A floor coating that would improve the appearance of both the Goods inward and Dispatch areas. It was important that the coating was hardwearing and able to retain a good standard of appearance in the long term.
BBC TC8 TELEVISION STUDIO REFURBISHMENT BBC Required a level high performance television studio floor to meet their exacting camera tracking specification.
CUMMINS DIESEL LTD, IVER Cummins Diesel independently chose Elgood Industrial Flooring to work in their newly acquired unit in Iver. The flooring formed part of the fit out for a relocation and upgrade programme that Cummins had undertaken to improve customer service.
NEW HOSPITAL PROJECT; TELEVISION, MUSIC, ARTS CENTRE Hospital Group Required a floor with a prestigious appearance and high standard of performance.
CUMMINS DIESEL LTD, THURROCK, ESSEX Cummins Diesel chose Elgood Industrial Flooring following a successful installation at their Iver depot. The floor was being upgraded as part of an investment programme in Cummin's properties and to improve house keeping.
LEO PHARMACEUTICALS, PRINCES Leo Pharmaceuticals selected our Britdura 750 High Build Epoxy Floor Coating to provide a hard wearing and sealed working surface.
NEW FACTORY Elgood move to a new, purpose built facility
BBC TC6, WHITE CITY, LONDON TC6 one of the busiest studios at the BBC (650 sq m) required an overhaul of the operating floor. The BBC set their own demanding camera tracking requirements. These had to be met through a day of rigorous camera tests. The new level studio floor passed the tests.
CODAN RUBBER, CORBY, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE Codan have been a long standing customer of Elgood Industrial Flooring and in December 2003, it was decided that their British Operation was to be consolidated.
BBC SCOTLAND PACIFIC QUAY The BBC Specified the full Elgood Television Studio Floor System having found this to be successful over the last fifteen years.
FOURTH GENERATION ELGOOD The fourth generation of family take over. This is the current generation, including James Elgood.
BSKYB & SKY SPORTS NEWS BSKYB called upon Elgood Flooring’s extensive experience for their new Harlequin 1 groundbreaking Headquarters.
TYCO VALVES Tyco Valves had previously asked for budget prices a couple of years ago. In 2011 they proceeded with the refurbishment of the floor in their Market Harborough Distribution Centre.
TARKETT, KENT Tarkett required a floor strong enough to withstand their day to day use. A floor that can be cleaned routinely to enhance house keeping.
HYUNDAI UK LTD Hyundai selected the Elgood Industrial Flooring’s Britdura 750 / 1000 Solvent Free Highbuild Epoxy Floor Coating which had proven to be a great success in the Preparation Workshop for over six years and continues to perform well under constant traffic and has required no maintenance other than routine cleaning.
VAILLANT An economical but hard wearing floor coating to seal the worn concrete and to prevent the occurrence of dust. The coating was to assist in improving the overall presentation of the Manufacturing site. The critical timing of each phase of work demanded a short notice and flexible installation service.
ADAM EQUIPMENT Adam Equipment had our Britdura 750 Solvent Free Epoxy Coating installed in their present facility in 1997 since when it has required nil maintenance and remains in a good serviceable condition.
ELSTREE FILM STUDIOS STAGE 9 Trueform required a hard wearing floor coating that would lift the presentation of their Heathrow production facility. It was important that the floor could withstand heavy metal fabrication work and fork lift traffic.