Our Journey

Our Journey

Discover how Tower has been making the workplace a better place since 1983.

1983

Jonathan Aris launches Tower Supplies. The company’s first HQ is a small garage on Tower Road in Bournemouth.

1996

Tower introduces its ‘Bear’ brand of durable wearable products – the first of which is ‘Bear Gear’. Today, we have ‘Bear’ products in several PPE categories.

2003

We start our relationship with one of the world’s largest cruise lines, Carnival UK.

2005

Tower is certified to ISO 9001, the quality standard.

2007

We work with Carnival UK and Go-Jo to develop a new hand sanitisation regimen. This includes developing a completely new product, testing, and certification. It is adopted by Carnival globally.

2012

We launch ‘Fire Bear’, our signature brand of flame retardant and arc protective clothing designed specifically to meet EN61482 (the electric arc protection standard).

2012

Tower becomes the PPE uniform supplier to the AA.

2013

Tower is certified to ISO 14001, the environmental standard.

2014

Senior Leadership Team is put in place.

2015

Tower becomes a supplier for the Government’s framework for PPE.

2016

We move into our 75,000sq-foot distribution centre in Holton Heath. Giving us the capacity for tens of thousands of barcoded product locations.

2016

Launch of our in-house logo application facility at Holton Heath to deliver a branded clothing and PPE service to customers.

2017

Our innovative electronic ordering portal, CTRL Cloud, gives our customers greater purchasing power – ensuring they get the right product, at the right price, at the right time.

2017

Tower becomes a member of the British Safety Industry Federation and its Registered Safety Supplier scheme. An obligation of this scheme is the annual product audit testing conducted by a UKAS approved testing laboratory.

2017

Tower becomes a qualified supplier to Achilles UVDB.

2018

Tower joins the BTTG – the globally recognised test house for PPE and clothing.

2018

Tower is certified to ISO 45001, the occupational health and safety management system standard.

2018

Tower joins the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

2018

Tower becomes a Diamond Executive Partner of the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association) Hotel Operations, Food and Beverage community.

2018

P&O Ferries start using Tower for PPE, uniform, and goods-not-for-resale.  

2018

Charles Aris becomes Chief Executive Officer.

2020

The pandemic hits and Tower supports the cruise industry by working with Public Health and Hotel Teams to produce the ‘return to service’ protocols for safe travel. We also secure large stocks of PPE, ensuring no stock-outs.

2021

We develop and trial ECA hypochlorous acid, a product that is very effective against COVID 19 and Norovirus and is a much safer alternative to other disinfectant products. We install generators on Cunard and P&O fleets.

2022

Tower increase size of team to 120 people, growing by 40% in just 12 months.

2022

Launch of Tower’s Zero Waste textile recycling and secure garment disposal service.

2022

Tower become a trusted member of the Professional Clothing Industry Associates worldwide (PCIAW).

2022

International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA) membership is renewed

2022

Tower become a new associate member of the Association of Vehicle Recovery Operators (AVRO).

What’s next for Tower?

Our mission to make the workplace a better place continues. The world is becoming more environmentally aware, and the safe, secure, and sustainable disposal of PPE and workwear is critical.

The incorporation of wellbeing within health and safety is becoming increasingly important, while wearable technology and the internet-of-things will revolutionise how we monitor consumables and replenish products.