After a twenty year career with two of Britainís largest electrical appliance manufacturers, John Barson
decided to strike out on his own, creating Burley Appliances. Back in 1975 Burley consisted of
John Barson, a garage and a few components.
For the grand sum of £5 John commissioned three wrought iron basket designs. It
took John all day to assemble his first electric fire. The next day he drove into
Leicester with his fire and sold it. Things looked promising but production would have
to speed up if the family were not to face starvation!
The first of several turning points came when John visited the electrical buyer at Harrods. Returning
with an order for 12 fires, there was no looking back. John took on his first employee and found a
bigger garage. Johnís son and daughter, after leaving school, also joined the Company.