About Us

An internationally recognised, second generation family business

For over 30 years, we've been innovating protection for elevators and interiors. Starting in a family garage, our business has grown to provide solutions worldwide. 

In 1988, Brian and Linda Annable sat in a library leafing through the Yellow Pages, noting down the hundreds of elevator companies listed within, primed to send leaflets to each and every one.

If raising two children wasn’t enough, the couple had taken the plunge to start a business out of their garage. They took out a bank loan and bought a company’s assets, for importing, cleaning, bagging Kapok natural fibre. With Brian’s business sense and Linda’s sewing skills, they started Kapok 88 - a vision shared between them, which they would grow out of their garage.

They started out with a single sewing machine and cutting table. The couple stood above their first drape, putting eyelet holes in for the first time, filled with trepidation. They worked a lot of long hours, balancing family life with business, taking trips to London to post leaflets through the letterbox of any building with more than two floors.

Thanks to their hard work, the business took off. Large elevator companies paid for their drapes, and not only did they get orders for their lift protection, but for walls of buildings such as Cabot Hall, and even the staircases of the State Apartments.

In 2007, their son Richard took over the business with the same vision as his parents, only on a global scale. He drove 800 miles to Germany to exhibit the Kapok 88 drapes for the first time, and a year later the company acquired its first distributor.

Our promise

Our success has been built on our strong reputation and the values we hold. By maintaining our traits since day one, we’ve turned from being two parents in a garage with a sewing machine to a global, second-generation family business with over 30 years’ experience under our belt.

Quality - There’s no sense in making a product that ends up being returned, so we don’t do it. We’re proud to get our products right first time, so we hand make our products with the highest quality materials, based on the exact specifications provided. We provide you with first-class solutions, and quality is at the heart of that.

Price - We understand that your investments need protection, but protection shouldn’t cost the earth. Our products are premium quality, without an excessive price tag. We provide individual quotes based on your requirements, to ensure you’re getting the best price possible.

Service - We’re your one-stop shop for interior protection solutions. You don’t have to worry about measuring or installation, as we can commit to providing these services as part of your package. We can also provide you with advice on the best fittings and fixings, so you won’t have to do it all alone.

Speed - Our products are made by hand, so we take a lot of care in getting them right for you. But this doesn’t mean you should expect long delays once you’ve placed an order. We understand our customers often have strict deadlines, so will always try and accommodate your timelines.

"At the start we used to go to the library, sit and go through each one of the yellow pages listing all the elevator companies across the UK. There were hundreds of them. We sent leaflets to all. 

"We even took a trip to London, walking the streets and leafleting any building with 2 floors or more. At the beginning it was hard, we worked very long hours, juggling work with school runs and family life."

- Linda Annable

"It also has only been possible due to the team of staff we've had working with us during the 30 years. We've built strong relationships and our business has grown through word of mouth and personal customer recommendations.

"Richard, now Managing Director, has taken this side of the business to a new level, along with exporting to Europe and beyond."

- Brian Annable

Our Name The Kapok Tree

Kapok is a super plush, all-natural fibre that grows in pods on the tropical Kapok tree. It’s commonly used in pillows and soft toys but was also the original material used in our drapes. Nowadays we use a synthetic alternative, but the Kapok fibre is still used in plenty of products around the world!

Careers

Joining the KAPOK 88 Family

We are not a big company, but we’re a growing family that value loyalty, trust and working together to build on our business success.

We offer a relaxed working atmosphere, and an appreciation of what our people do - along with a whole host of other benefits:

  • Competitive pay and annual pay reviews
  • Training
  • Free work uniform
  • Free on-site car parking
  • Plenty of biscuits with your cup of tea!

KAPOK 88 is an equal opportunities employer.

If you're interested in applying or would like more information, telephone 01949 843020 or fill in our contact form.

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