We are a family run business, having been established for over forty years and based in Preston City Centre; our customers are regular, with repeat visitors often turning into firm family friends. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service.
We insist all our fitters have the correct qualifications and experience to fit all our flooring. For our excellent approach to Health & Safety, we are CHAS registered, and our fitters are CRB cleared for work in schools and colleges.
We are members of the Contract Flooring Association, and are approved contractors to Lancashire County Council, UCLAN, Cardinal Newman College, Preston City Council and Blackpool Borough Council.
Our extensive showrooms are a relaxing and friendly place to browse an almost endless selection of leading brand carpets, such as Brintons, Jacaranda, Ulster, Ryalux, Westex, Cormar to name a few and luxury vinyl tiles such as Amtico and Karndean. Dedicated to our industry, Gainsborough has all aspects of flooring covered, to suit everybody’s different needs.
From the 1950s, under the name PMC (Carpets) Ltd, the company was based at 33 Shepherd Street, making sales to the trade. Many people in Preston claim to still have carpets in their home from this era!
Moving forward, to 1970, when Sheila and Eddy Brown settled on the name Gainsborough Flooring, which is now run by the brother and sister team of Eddy and Vicky. We are a true family business, with a huge number of years’ experience between us. We pass our advice on in a truly friendly, professional manner.
Now operating from new premises at 26 Heatley Street (see map) (link to map) in Preston, Eddy and Vicky run the family flooring firm with a passion and pride they enthuse to their customers.
Numerous teams of fitters are on hand, each with expertise in different aspects of flooring to support Gainsborough to allow them to offer a standard of fitting their customers have come to expect.
Having completed a degree in accountancy, and after training as an accountant for 2 years, Vicky decided to join the family business, having grown up with carpets and flooring all of her life. “I took myself all over the country to train with the leading manufacturers’, and took a course in measuring and estimating. My passion is serving customers, both domestic and contract, and ensuring that they leave happy and confident with their new flooring choice. As a Mother of 4, I still find time to meet with the Preston Exchange Network and attend various Chamber of Commerce events throughout the year.”
Joining the family firm straight from finishing school in 1982, Eddy started out by working in the warehouse, before quickly progressing to being a representative of Gainsborough selling to shops all over the North West. Today, his knowledge acquired over many years enables him to be the Contracts Manager, handling the commercial side of the business. Over the years he’s gained many contacts within the flooring industry, and is very well respected for his ability to meet all his clients’ requirements.
Elaine, of Best 4U Business Support Services, has been the Accounts Manager at Gainsborough Flooring since November 2008. Her previous to self-employment was in Branch Manager and Business Manager roles at the Royal Bank of Scotland, before she left the Banks to work as a bursar in schools, before joining Gainsborough in 2008. “Gainsborough is my longest standing customer to date, whom I have seen grow and recently move premises, making it a company that I am proud to work for.”
James joined us from the hospitality industry in 2011, and runs the sales & marketing side of the business. Whilst fulfilling other job roles, such as measuring and estimating, James has had a large input into the development of the new website - from his previous work, James brings a valuable set of customer service skills, and is proud to work for Gainsborough.