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.
2022 we were given the award for Small Family Business of The Year UK
In 2021 we were awarded the ‘Business Excellence Award’ by Make UK
As well as the ‘Manchester & North West Prestige Award’ for ‘Canvas Solutions Specialists of the Year’.
And, the 2021 Growing Business Awards finalist for, Consumer Business of the Year.
Previously, in 2015 we won the ‘Business Excellence Award’ for ‘Best Company Culture’.
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.
Human Resources Manager
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.
Head of Design
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.
Cutting & Packing Supervisor
Lukasz joined Canvasman in 2015, initially trained in upholstery fitting, he is now supervisor of the ‘cutting and packing department’.
Head of Sales
Alison Gray has worked at Canvasman since 2018 , initially working more with general admin she is now the Head of Sales.
Em has been with Canvasman since 2012, starting as a sewing machinist making upholstery she is now the production manager.
Eren Uzun joined Canvasman in 2018 with over twenty years of installation experience, he is the Head Fitter at Canvasman.
Iwona started with Canvasman in 2004 and holds the role of head machinist here at Canvasman.
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.