The Carver Group is a family owned business which manages a portfolio of manufacturing businesses; Biddle, Thermoscreens, Applied Comfort, CoolTherm, Carver Clamps and Widney Leisure.
The Carver Group headquarters are in the UK and the company has representation in 50 countries and branches in Germany, France, the Netherlands, United Kingdom and Canada.
The Carver Group centrally manages Group competence centres for research and development, manufacturing and project management in order to create innovative HVAC solutions for a wide range of market sectors including retail, industry and the public sector.
The Group also has a consultancy company Cubist which guides grocery retailers on how best to improve energy efficiency and the quality of air comfort in their buildings.
Our three research and development centres co-operate with universities to develop the latest technologies into customer oriented solutions. The Carver Group is represented on the HVAC standards committees and thus helps to shape the future of the industry.
The Carver Group is an expanding international company, operating in the HVAC sector, committed to excellence and innovation, supplying an expanding range of niche products and services.
The Group delivers high profitability and growth within a sound financial environment.
1776 The Beginning
Established in 1776, the Carver Group is an 8th generation family-owned business started by Joseph Carver who made whips in Walsall for the carriage industry.
In the early 1900s, following the invention of the motor car, 5th generation David Carver established Carver & Co Engineers alongside his father’s continuing whip business.
1958 The Rack Clamp
The whip-making business was sold in 1958, by which time the company had developed the first Carver Clamp – “the rack clamp”.
1967 Caravan Market
By 1967, the company began its involvement with the caravan market inventing the world’s first automatic caravan mover. Through acquisition, the company grew to become the sole supplier of heating products to the UK caravan industry.
1990 HVAC Business
By 1990, with the 7th generation David Carver heading the business the company changed direction by selling the caravan business and acquired two HVAC businesses, Thermoscreens and Biddle.
2016 Group Development
In 2016, the Group acquired Applied Comfort Products adding to its portfolio of profitable manufacturing businesses and providing the Group with significant growth opportunities in the North American HVAC market.
2018 Cooltherm Business
In 2018, the company acquired Cooltherm Limited in the UK to allow the Group to provide its own HVAC installation and maintenance service.
The Carver Group has an Executive Board made up of the Group CEO, Group FD, Non-Executive Chairman and three Non-Executive Directors. Collectively the board is responsible for developing and implementing corporate strategy and effective corporate governance that is consistent with shareholder objectives.
An experienced Operational Board is also in place and the team are charged with developing and implementing operational strategy in accordance with the business’s 5 year plans. The operational board members are responsible for leading the local management teams.
Group Chief Executive Officer
Aidan joined the Group in 2012 as CEO having occupied a number of senior posts for international brands in the HVAC market. He is vastly experienced in delivering growth and under his leadership the group has already doubled in size. His vision is to continue to grow and he has developed a robust strategy that will see it double again through acquisition and organic growth.
Group Finance Director
Jonathan joined the Group in March 2022, having previously held senior financial positions within several major UK listed businesses. Jonathan brings significant financial management, business financial integration and process improvement experience gained across multiple sectors including multi-site manufacturing, distribution and facilities management. Jonathan is a qualified chartered accountant and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.
David joined Carver & Co (Engineers) Ltd in 1969 and became Chairman in 1992 when his father (L.) John Carver handed the role over to him, later becoming Non-Executive Chairman in 2008. In 2023 David was appointed as Non-Executive President in recognition of the significant role he has played in the 53 years he has served the Group.
Tim operates as head of the holding family on the Executive Board. The role was handed over to him by his cousin David Carver in 2023. Tim has been a Non-Executive Director and member of the board since 1988 and has occupied several roles within the Group.
Doug was CEO of the Group for 20 years and was responsible for developing the business internationally. He oversaw 8 acquisitions and 4 disposals and realigned the Group into a profitable player within the HVAC market.
Chris joined the Non-Executive board in 2018 and has spent the last decade working in industrial and commercial energy consultancy and service performance.
To be a leader in the HVAC sector, by consistently delivering high-quality, innovative and sustainable brands and solutions that customers trust to enhance the comfort of their environment.