Michael began his career by founding a plumbing distribution business in Kilkenny. In 1986 he launched Somerby, a shower tray company. Alongside Somerby, Michael began a complementary business, Image Showering, in ’88 which he ran successfully until ’99. This experience further fuelled his interest in bathroom manufacturing and, in 2000, he founded Merlyn Showering.
Michael’s ultimate goal is to challenge the existing traditional manufacturers with an innovative, quality range of products, supported by industry leading customer service. His products offered a Lifetime Guarantee and he has been one of the founders of this concept in the industry.
Merlyn has grown to be the No.1 shower enclosure company in Ireland and the UK and has designed ranges for different markets across the UK, Russia and the Middle East, which has helped offer exclusivity to their customers and target new markets. It is this customer focused approach to business that has seen the Merlyn customer base grow to over 2,500 independent bathroom retailers, secure three national UK merchants, a number of large distributors and most recently, the UK’s largest house builder as a partner.
Merlyn has experienced year-on-year growth of over 20%, launched over 34 new ranges of products to their customers, employs over 75 people across the UK and Ireland and is considered to be one of the most innovative and progressive bathroom companies in Europe.