Discover our forty-year story of how we've gone from small beginnings to supporting the world's biggest companies.
Founder Jonathan Aris launches Tower. Our first headquarters is just a small garage on Tower Road in Bournemouth. We later buy our first storage warehouse as the company begins to grow.
A new customer, New Forest District Council, is acquired. Supplying them with paper towel products, it is Tower’s first multi-site customer, which means we would be servicing different key depots.
Julian Aris, one of Jonathan’s three brothers, joins the company. Julian adds his product development, branding expertise, and marketing knowledge as we double in size in just two years.
A landmark moment for Tower as we move into our first distribution centre in Bournemouth. It is only three years in, and we now require 10,000 sq. ft. of warehouse space to supply customers.
A third brother of Jonathan, Daniel Aris, joins Tower to support his two siblings. Daniel enters after completing a prestigious apprenticeship that he had been attending since leaving school.
The Tower Team has grown to seven people, and we now have the experience and knowledge to expand even further into new areas that now include first aid, janitorial, and cleaning products.
Further growth necessitates another move, this time into a purpose-built distribution hub on Yarrow Road in Poole. This provides not only more space, but room for forklifts to move and new racking.
We become a specialised supplier for maritime industries, providing vendor managed inventory and becoming synonymous with great service to docks across the South Coast of the UK.
We launch into workwear and uniform, introducing our ‘Bear’ range of durable wearable products, the first of which is ‘BearGrip’ boots. Today, we have ‘Bear’ products in several PPE categories.
Nick Aris joins Tower to expand the team even further. Nick brings unique product knowledge to help grow the company before going on to start his own business, Breathe Safety Ltd, in 2001.
We move into our current headquarters on Yarrow Road, Poole, after years of sustained growth increases the need for storage space. We also establish our first office block in the company.
We start one of our most important partnerships with one of the world’s largest cruise lines, Carnival UK. We quickly prove ourselves to be a leader in the on-time in-full supply model.
Tower is certified to ISO 9001, the quality management standard for improving the quality of products and services to consistently meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.
We work with Carnival UK and Go-Jo to develop, test, and certify a new hand sanitisation régime. It is then adopted by Carnival UK and used globally across their fleet of cruise ships.
Despite the financial crash, we experience further growth, take our first steps into a national breakout, and launched Equip, the industry’s first ever stand-alone online ordering platform.
We enhance our PPE, workwear and uniform branding service by bringing it in-house to provide high-quality heat seal and embroidery from our warehouses.
We launch FireBear, our brand of flame retardant and arc protective clothing designed to meet EN61482, which is the standard for protecting workers against the thermal hazards of an electric arc.
Tower is certified to the ISO 14001 environmental standard. This is a key milestone on our sustainability journey that helps us improve our environmental performance as a company.
Our Senior Leadership Team is put in place, which is an important step for Tower. Each part of our business now has a separate set of goals and strategies that lead initiatives and establish policies.
We move into our 75,000 sq. ft distribution centre in Holton Heath. This exciting warehouse gives us the capacity to store and distribute to tens of thousands of barcoded product locations.
Equip is rebranded as CtrlCloud, our innovative electronic ordering portal. CtrlCloud gives customers greater purchasing power to ensure they get the right product, at the right price, at the right time.
Tower becomes a member of the British Safety Industry Federation (BSIF) and its Registered Safety Supplier scheme. We also become a qualified accredited supplier to Achilles UVDB.
Charlie Aris becomes CEO as Tower joins the BTTG, the Dorset Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and become a Diamond Executive Partner of the CLIA (Cruise Lines International Association).
After the pandemic hits, we support the cruise industry by working with Public Health and Hotel Teams on the ‘return to service’ protocols. We also secure stocks of PPE to ensure no stock-outs.
We develop and trial our CtrlFlow ECA cleaning product, effective against COVID 19, Norovirus, and is a safer alternative to other disinfectants. CtrlFlow systems are installed on Cunard and P&O fleets.
We grow the team from 102 to 140 people in just one year, add a new distribution centre in the Dorset region, and launch our Zero Waste textile recycling and secure garment disposal service.
Tower become a trusted member of the Professional Clothing Industry Associates worldwide (PCIAW) and renew our International Marine Purchasing Association (IMPA) membership.