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New Group MD Appointed as Style Celebrates 25 Years in Business

10 May 2024

At Style's 25th-year celebration party, co-founder Julian Sargent passed the baton to Michael Porter, new Group MD, who will lead the business forward, while Julian transitions to chairman.

Style launched in 1999, rapidly establishing itself as clear market leader in the moveable walls sector. Partnering with global moveable wall manufacturer, Dorma Huppe, and bringing the vertical-rising, Skyfold partition to the UK market, Style quickly became known for its extensive portfolio of moveable, folding and sliding walls.

As it became top choice for flexible space in boardrooms of global brands, university lecture theatres and hotels, Style also installed folding walls in village halls and primary schools, offering solutions for all requirements and budgets.

“Michael has unbelievable experience of the moveable wall sector,” said Julian Sargent. “Since joining us in 2018, as part of a long-term succession plan, he confirmed himself to be the natural choice to lead the business into the future”.

Over the last 25 years, Style has repeatedly demonstrated why it is market leader, winning 18 coveted FIS Contractors awards, 13 gold and 5 silver. Not just relying on outstanding products, the company continuously invested in its people, technology, and processes.

By 2011 Style was leading the way, achieving three quality management standards and going on to pioneer sustainability within the sector by becoming the first ever UK supplier of Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) certified moveable walls.

In 2012 a service and maintenance division was established and the London showroom opened in 2014. Shortly after, Style became the first partitioning company to make BIM objects for their folding wall systems.

Continuing to innovate, Style spearheaded the shift to fully automatic moveable walls and in 2021, as demand for glass solutions soared, strengthened its partnership with the dormakaba Group to offer its market-leading range of non-acoustic interior glass Horizontal Sliding Walls (HSW), folding sliding wall (FSW) and HSW Flextherm solutions.

“I’m immensely proud of all we have achieved,” said Julian. “It’s been a team effort, and our reputation has been built through the hard work of exceptional people, many of whom have been with us since the beginning.”