The Company, Omega International Group PLC, was incorporated in order to effect the re-financing of Omega PLC through acquisition and to facilitate the purchase of a 16.2 acre freehold site for the development of the customised manufacturing plant. The site is located on what was a greenfield site adjacent to the M18 motorway and presently accommodates some 315,000 square ft of factory space. The first phase of the development was completed in the summer of 1996, creating a manufacturing office and showroom complex covering over 115,000 square ft.
As a result of the success of the Sheraton kitchen range, the Directors decided to focus the Group's strategy solely on the manufacture and distribution of branded kitchens, resulting in the disposal of two small non-core divisions. This strategy principally focused on the expansion of the successful Sheraton kitchen brand that was first introduced in 1996. Sheraton was the first kitchen brand to be produced from the site
During 2002, the Group embarked on the second phase of its development programme. This involved the expansion of the Group's factory production facilities to meet the increasing demand for Sheraton kitchens and to allow the Group to expand further into the larger ready-to-assemble kitchen market with the launch of two brands, Omega Kitchens and Chippendale Kitchens. The Group invested a total of £2.8 million during this phase of development.
On 13 April 2004, Omega International Group plc was admitted to the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange.
In 2006, the Group commenced construction on Phase III of the site development which increased the factory complex to 315,000 sq ft, providing significant future manufacturing resources. An additional, 5,500 sq ft of previously built office space has also been fitted out in order to accommodate the staff that will be needed to service growth plans.
In 2007, the Group purchased additional land adjacent to the existing manufacturing facility which will provide an option for an additional 95,000 sq ft of factory space and increasing the total site acre to 21 acres.
In 2008 the Group launched Charles Rennie Mackintosh, a new rigid brand consisting of true in-frame kitchens and ultra-modern designs aimed at the mid-upper end of the market.
In December 2008, the independent directors of Omega International Group PLC and the directors forming a management buyout team (including Bob Murray, Francis Galvin & Newton Winfield) agreed an offer for the MBO team to acquire the entire share capital of the Group. The offer became unconditional in January 2009 and the Company was subsequently de-listed from the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange. The interests of the employees and other stakeholders were best served with the company back in private ownership, maintaining its position as a leading independent designer, manufacturer and marketer of quality kitchen furniture.
Following extensive market research, a trend in painted kitchens was identified in 2011 and, as a result, over £1m was invested to install a bespoke paint line, allowing Omega PLC to spray doors and accessories in a range of fashionable colours. Since its implementation, the Company now has 110 painted door options available and continues to invest in this area. 2014 was a big year for Omega PLC, with a major re-branding project and over £3m invested in new machinery. As a proud British manufacturer, with brand names such as Sheraton, Mackintosh and Chippendale renowned the world over for being great British furniture designers, Omega PLC created ‘The Very British Collection’. Added to this collection was English Rose Kitchens, formerly known as Omega Kitchens. The brand logos received new designs, or new identities, and new, supporting, marketing material was created, along with a complete re-design of all websites.
Investment in new machinery during 2014 increases Omega PLC’s flexibility to respond to ever-changing trends and designs, ensuring it continues to produce high quality kitchen cabinets for the independent sector.