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about starbank

Starbank Panel products Ltd is a family owned and run business. We have been manufacturing bespoke decorative, architectural and commercial panel furniture products since 1976.

As a company, our strategy is simple. We focus on working with you as a supply only manufacturing partner. We deliver outstanding customer service and products for interior fit-out.

Our wealth of experience, innovate service offer and quality craftsmanship is what sets us apart. Our professional approach and passion has helped us to build strong customer and supply network partnerships that last.

Bringing Value To The Surface®furniture

lightweight benches
decades of experience

decorative panels

We have built up a strong industry presence as fabricators of high quality, value driven decorative panel products across three distinct areas:

We work with wood based products including: high pressure & compact laminates, melamine faced boards, door cores, as well as composite panels. Find out more with our material guide.

Together with these products we provide value added services ranging from laminating, cut & edged panels to complex CNC detailing, postforming and even 5-axis machining.

Our people are our greatest asset, powering our business on a daily basis to manufacture component panel furniture products for:

  • Office
  • Commercial
  • Education
  • Retail
  • Healthcare
  • Leisure
  • Industrial
  • Marine & mass transit
Homag Centetaq E-700 CNC

a brief history

Starbank, far from what it is today, was only possible through the Darbyshire family’s determination and hard work.

before Starbank, the company that Gordon Darbyshire worked for, went into administration in 1976. Gordon and his wife Kath, made the brave decision of using all the savings they had to try and buy the machinery.

Their bid was successful. They wasted no time and were back producing panels that very afternoon. Starbank Panel Products was born.

Panel furniture was produced in the rented factory in Wigan until 1991. After that, the first 12,000 sq ft Starbank factory was built in Newton-Le-Willows. Throughout the years, the factory space continued to grow in line with the business.

Starbank’s current production facility is a 120,000 sq ft factory – 10x the size of that in 1991. The road wasn’t always easy to get to where we are now and we’re sure there will be more challenges to come, but our ethos of hard work to get the job done has never wavered.

Starbank The Darbyshire Family

Gordon & Kath Darbyshire after moving into the first purpose built Starbank factory in 1991.

The evolution of Starbank
Starbank History Map
Starbank as it is today
Starbank factory map

Starbank Panel Products truly became a family owned and run business when Kath and Gordon’s son Philip, and daughter Wendy joined the team.

Philip began working in the factory in 1987 and is now Starbank’s Managing Director. Wendy joined Starbank in 1992, working in credit control and is now Starbank’s Financial Director.

Among other family members working in various positions within the business, Starbank is now a strong team of almost 100 employees.

Starbank Family Photo

Gordon & Kath Darbyshire along with MD: Philip Darbyshire and FD: Wendy Elsworthy in the current factory.

 

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