We are often asked why the owner of Doorsan (David Kershaw) went into the door selling business. As with many businesses the company was created out of a series of chance opportunities which were tried out and developed rather than an initial idea with strategic planning. Nevertheless, the company is now a well planned and efficient business yet it’s early beginnings do not resemble its current form.
David Kershaw had an interest in timber since his early school days where he excelled in woodwork classes. His other passion was always music which is still a major hobby and was a career consideration during the late 1960’s early 70’s. However, his other abilities in electrical engineering and later computer engineering became his vocation after leaving school. During the mid 1990’s he was made redundant due to a company takeover which gave him an opportunity to try other career paths. His entrepreneurial qualities came into play and he dabbled with many business ideas many of which involved the use of timber.
After 12 months of trying various ideas he hit on the idea of upcycling discarded timber products which generally found their way into landfill. The recycling revolution was a topical consideration at the time and and of great interest to him so he found a small warehouse with retail permission as a base to store and sell on these unwanted timber products. This idea proved to be popular as customers around the area began to realise that the odd scrap of timber, MDF or moulding could be found at Davids shop and became their first stop before looking elsewhere. He was often asked about timber doors and soon found a source of door seconds which the enterprising people of Bradford found very useful especially the landlords of rental properties.
As time went on David was asked for more and more doors in various sizes and differing styles and qualities, so- you guessed it- Doorsan was born by popular demand. In 1999 Doorsan became limited and also the first retail door supplier to have a website designed and built by the owner himself. The company is now a leading door retailer supplying thousands of doors to both domestic and trade customers.
As they say:- “Great Oaks from Little Acorns Grow” this is really true for Doorsan Ltd