In an exciting landmark, 2024 sees Denford celebrating eight decades in business. A family-owned organisation based in Brighouse, Denford was officially incorporated in March 1944 by engineer Horace Denford. Having relocated to Yorkshire from London to escape the Blitz bombing campaign of World War 2, Horace established Denford Engineering at Box Tree Mills in Halifax, before moving to Birds Royd in Brighouse the following decade. We moved to our current premises, an 18,500 sq. ft facility on Armytage Road Industrial Estate, in 2010.

Founder, Horace Denford

During our eight decades in business, Denford has gained a renowned reputation as a specialist provider of educational machine tools – famous for the Viceroy lathes which were a staple in many Design & Technology classrooms, our pioneering introduction of Computer Numerical Controlled machines to education, and the founding of the international F1 in Schools STEM competition, for which we are the official equipment supplier.

Now supplying to over 80 countries across globe, our reach expands far beyond our Yorkshire roots, with Denford machines present in some of the most prestigious organisations in the world, including Columbia University, UCL, YAS Marina Circuit, and Herriott Watt University.

The Denford and F1 in Schools teams outside their office on Armytage Industrial Estate, Brighouse

To celebrate our eightieth anniversary, Denford is set to launch a new website in the summer of 2024. Marking the start of an exciting era in our business and brand, the development will see the integration of e-commerce to enable customers to buy a range of Denford’s most popular products online, alongside the introduction of several other new features.

Commenting, Andrew Denford, Chief Executive of Denford, said: “It’s a fantastic achievement to have been in business for eight decades, and something we’re incredibly proud of. As one of the last remaining manufacturers of CNC machines in the UK, we are committed to ensuring the next generation of engineers is provided with the equipment and knowledge to flourish in industry, and we look forward to seeing what the next 80 years bring, both for Denford, and the students we support.”