L.G. Harris & Co Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)1527 575441
Fax: +44 (0)1527 570522
Registered as a limited company in
England and Wales at the above address
Registration No. 249316
VAT No. 792 4415 14
Welcome to Harris, the nation’s favourite decorating brand. For nearly 90 years, we’ve been helping people bring their creativity to life with a range of superb products. Our aim, quite simply, is to make decorating easier and more enjoyable.
But we’re about more than uncompromising quality and performance. We’re here with expert advice and imaginative ideas too, as we inspire our customers to take on exciting new projects around their homes.
So join us on a tour of our unique heritage from 1928 to the present day. Take a look below to find out what’s made Harris such a trusted and reputable company.
At just 23 years old, Leslie G Harris founded The Midland Trading Company and, with a 13-strong team of staff, began manufacturing paint brushes from his small premises in Birmingham.
Having continued to thrive throughout the great depression, Leslie renamed his business LG Harris & Co Ltd.
Keen to manufacture his own handles and ferules, Leslie secured new premises in the leafy suburb of
Stoke Prior, 18 miles south-west of Birmingham.
Harris launched its first national advertising campaign with a duke and duchess introducing the theme
‘Harris-tocracy’ with the message:
“The paint brush with the name to its handle”.
Following completion of the new buildings, the company began operating from the Hanbury Road
site where it still is today.
Harris was awarded the
for the supply of painting and decorating brushes to the Sandringham Estate and Windsor Castle. This prestigious award cemented our reputation for exceptional products - and we’re proud to still hold the
Royal Warrant today.
Harris continued to grow and by now was fit to burst! A new 100,000 sq ft warehouse and despatch department was built to accommodate our
growing team of staff and expanding
range of products.
Harris recognised a gap in the market for a product that combined ‘quality with economy’. So we developed Taskmasters – still a firm favourite of all of our ranges and hugely popular in all markets.
That ‘bristle loss problem’ just wasn’t going away, so Harris developed and patented the NoLoss brand. Guaranteed against bristle loss, the range became iconic for Harris and is still hugely popular.
To ensure we could manufacture a good quality paint brush in China, Harris bought a new manufacturing facility and fitted it out with
It was the start of an exciting new venture in the Far East.
After extensive design, development and testing, Harris entered the professional market for the first time with the launch of T-class – a concise range of industry-leading products for expert decorators and builders.
The official opening of Harris China, located an hour and a half from the airport and deep sea port of Yantian.
Harris launched ID Gel Oval, a brand new innovative range for decorators who demand a more comfortable painting experience and precise cutting-in control.
With a shiny new brand identity,
T-Class was relaunched with additional products for professional decorators all over the world.
Joining forces with one of the world’s leading construction equipment brands, we launched the first JCB decorating range under licence.
Following an extensive consumer research project, Harris was recognised as the UK’s number 1 paint brush and roller brand, with 9 out of 10 customers saying that they would recommend Harris to a friend.
The much anticipated launch of the Artisan range into the UK market.
This included a number of round, angled, flat and fitch brushes, developed for exceptional control and ease of use.
Orkla House Care, a leading Nordic supplier of branded consumer goods and concept solutions, purchased
LG Harris. This is the beginning of an exciting new journey for Harris, its customers and of course, its valued team of staff.
In 1961, Harris was awarded the Royal Warrant by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, as the preferred manufacturer of paint brushes and decorating tools to the Royal Sandringham Estate. Harris still holds the Royal Warrant to this very day, demonstrating a level of product excellence suitable for a Royal household.
We’re proud to regularly receive industry awards and commendations covering everything from product innovation through to complete service provision.
Harris decorating products have long been associated with quality, performance and innovation.
We have thousands of products to suit all global markets and all customers benefit from an unrivalled dual source of supply. This consists of a UK manufacturing base and head office with a Wholly Owned Foreign Enterprise (WOFE) in China. Customers around the world can take advantage of our fantastic quality and innovation coupled with low cost prices.
We also put as much effort into marketing the benefits of our products as we do in developing them. In today’s increasingly price driven market place, the Harris brand is proving more important than ever in providing the means to differentiate and succeed in a global market place.
To find out more about how Harris can help you, please get in touch with us using our contact form.