About Canvasman

We’re a proud, family-run business who believe in creating great products for great people.

Our story

Chris Salisbury and Fran Salisbury next to a Canvasman van

In 1996, based in Leeds, Chris Salisbury founded Canvasman in the tiny cellar of his Victorian terraced house. From its humble beginnings as a one-man-band, the company has since grown to a dedicated team of expert designers, cutters, sewers and fitters, now based in the charming Yorkshire town of Baildon.

Notably, In 2015 we won the award of “Best Company Culture”, at the ‘Europe, Middle East, and Africa region business excellence awards’.

As well as boat covers, we also design and manufacture shade sails, shop canopies, vehicle Covers and much more. Furthermore, we’re now able to offer a full refit and upholstery service to complement our covers.
As specialists, we can cater to most needs, so if you don’t see a solution to your requirements on our website, please contact us.

Awards and Accreditations

2021 Growing Business Awards finalist for, Consumer Business of the Year.

In 2021 Canvasman won the ‘Manchester & North West Prestige Award’ for ‘Canvas Solutions Specialists of the Year’.

Canvasman Recieving the Business Excellence Award

In 2015 we also won the ‘Business Excellence Award’ for ‘Best Company Culture’.

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Senior Members

Chris Salisbury Managing Director of Canvasman

Chris Salisbury

Managing Director

Bio

Chris Salisbury

As the managing director, Chris’s role is to oversee all aspects of the company from planning and finance to HR and the supply chain, whilst also still being involved in the sales and design process and occasionally liaising with the site workers. Additionally, Chris works on projects to improve the products, processes and systems.

Chris Salisbury Managing Director of Canvasman
Fran Salisbury Human Resources Manager at Canvasman

Fran Salisbury

Human Resources Manager

Bio

Fran Salisbury

After studying Applied Arts at University, Fran Salisbury met Canvasman founder, future husband and business partner Chris Salisbury.  Now, as the Human Resources manager at Canvasman, she is  responsible for the refining of processes, improved procedures and the training of our staff.

Fran Salisbury Human Resources Manager at Canvasman
James Ineson head of Design at Canvasman

James Ineson

Head of Design

Bio

James Ineson

James Ineson has been with Canvasman since 2003, as Head of Design he has enabled us to move from time-consuming physical methods to efficient and consistently precise patterning.

James Ineson head of Design at Canvasman
Chloe Smith Invoice & Scheduling Administrator

Chloe Smith

Invoice & Scheduling Administrator

Bio

Chloe Smith

Chloe started at Canvasman in 2020. As supervisor of the accounts department,  her role is to schedule, create invoices  and manage outstanding balances from private customers.

 

Chloe Smith Invoice & Scheduling Administrator
Lukasz Rakowski head of cutting and packing at Canvasman

Lukasz Rakowski

Cutting & Packing Supervisor

Bio

Lukasz Rakowski

Lukasz joined Canvasman in 2015, initially trained in upholstery fitting, he is now supervisor of the ‘cutting and packing department’.

Lukasz Rakowski head of cutting and packing at Canvasman
Alison Gray head of sales at Canvasman

Alison Gray

Head of Sales

Bio

Alison Gray

Alison Gray has worked at Canvasman since 2018 , initially working more with general admin she is now the Head of Sales.

Alison Gray head of sales at Canvasman

Emmeline Kuras

Production Manager

Bio

Emmeline Kuras

Em has been with Canvasman since 2012, starting as a sewing machinist making upholstery she is now the production manager.

Eren Uzun Head Fitter at Canvasman

Eren Uzun

Head Fitter

Bio

Eren Uzun

Eren Uzun joined Canvasman in 2018 with over twenty years of installation experience, he is the Head Fitter at Canvasman.

Eren Uzun Head Fitter at Canvasman
Iwona Rybska head machinist at Canvasman

Iwona Rybska

Machinist Supervisor

Bio

Iwona Rybska

Iwona started with Canvasman in 2004 and holds the role of head machinist here at Canvasman.

Iwona Rybska head machinist at Canvasman
Canvasman team member photo

Slawomir Kuras

Measurer

Bio

Slawomir Kuras

Slav started with the company in early 2019, although he is also trained as a fitter he specialises in the measuring department and is our head measurer.

We’re ready to craft your perfect cover

What makes our covers so special?

Bespoke design

All our covers are custom designed to order by our highly-skilled in house team so you have the perfect cover for your needs.

quality craftsmanship

Our expert team of sewers, cutters and fitters are dedicated to producing the finest, most durable covers on the market.

five year guarantee

All our covers come with an industry leading 5-year guarantee to give you the ultimate peace of mind when choosing us.

made in yorkshire

We’re a proud family business, run from our state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in the town of Baildon, West Yorkshire.
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What our customers say…

“First of all I’d just like to say thanks for all the help in producing a console cover for the Boarding Boat we have at Humber, it’s exactly what is needed on that exposed jetty.”

Chris Nisbet

“I also wanted to let you know my wife and I are very pleased with the service you have provided and the quality of the workmanship is outstanding.”

J.O,Lancs

"The service was excellent, very professional. The fitter was very pleasant, polite and did an excellent job of fitting the canvas. Also explained all the features patiently. A pleasure to recommend your product and service."

Lorna Booth

“Please thank the team for doing such a good job on what was a particularly tricky build.”

BL, Lincs

“We just wanted to say how pleased we are with the canvas work you did for us. It all fitted perfectly….”

Mrs JB. Bucks

"All things canvas and more. They are brilliant, making from new, repairing, cleaning and much more. Very helpful and friendly staff, with lots of knowledge and advice. Most definitely Recommend."

Stuart Whittam