Rogers of Redhill was founded by Geoffrey and Vina Rogers in 1965.
On returning in 1945 after three years as a Japanese prisoner of war, Geoffrey Rogers could not face the confines and restrictions of a 9 to 5 job so became a commercial traveller selling heavy building materials. With his honesty, integrity and reliability, Geoffrey became very successful, enjoying the work and the people he met.
Seeing a gap in the market Geoffrey started his own business in 1965, supplying ironmongers and small builders with light building materials and a variety of goods such as guttering and rotary dryers. Using the spare bedroom as an office and a rented garage as a warehouse, Rogers or Redhill was born. Ian Slater, who is now Showroom Director, was the fledgling company`s first employee. Fred Gregg was the next to join in 1968 and is now Sales Director.
In the early 1970`s the company moved to a 1,000sq ft warehouse in Monson Road, Redhill. It was at this point that Geoffrey and Vina`s son, Tony joined the company. Tony is now Rogers Ceramics Managing Director.
Outgrowing both this warehouse and the extra space provided by a disused chapel a few doors down the road. Rogers acquired a 4,000sq ft warehouse and a suite of offices on the Homethorpe Industrial Estate in Redhill. The Monson Road property became a dedicated Retail Showroom as it is today. At this time building materials were sold alongside tiles. As the distribution business grew and the retail side of the business became established, the company now trading as Rogers Ceramics, continues to thrive.
Tony Rogers gained experience in every facet of tile distribution: deliveries, sales, warehousing and transport logistics before moving into management as his father reached retirement. When Geoffrey died in 1986, Tony was already Managing Director and presiding over a steady growing business.
In August 1989 Rogers Ceramics headquarters moved to its present site in Crawley. No longer dealing in building materials, the company has changed to reflect the needs of the market. Specialising in wall and floor tiles, Rogers Ceramics has the largest stock and widest range of tiles in the southeast of England.
Originally purely wholesale, the retail side of the business has flourished and Rogers Ceramics now have over thirty staff and four showrooms. Crawley, Redhill and Haywards Heath, serving both trade and the public. Rogers Ceramics supply English tiles and import from Holland, Germany, Spain and Italy. Commercial contract work and the serving of around 300 retail accounts complete the portfolio of Rogers Ceramics today.
Keeping up the family tradition Peter Rogers joined the company in 2000 taking it into the third generation. He has gained experienced working in all four showrooms and is now a Director in the sales office in Crawley.
Geoffrey and Tony / Peter and Tony
You may well have spotted one of the Rogers Ceramics fleet as they deliver all around the southeast of England. Today the business is still run on the same family values of customer care and staff loyalty. Rogers Ceramics has come a long way in almost 50 years of trading and with your continued support we look forward to a successful future together.