Southern Enterprise Awards 2023

Situated on the Isle of Wight, 1st Class Covers caters to a wide array of clients, including the general public, the six largest boat builders on the island, two campervan conversion companies, and the island’s emergency services. The business has extensive experience repairing and customising car seats, headlining, campervans, and caravan seating and bedding. 1st Class Covers is the only company on the island able to professionally fit convertible roofs for any model of vehicle. In 1997, founder Billy White began his career as a general handy boy at a family-run company called J. Shirlaw Upholstery and Covermaking. At the young age of 13, he began an apprenticeship with the company, developing the necessary skills to become a marine, automotive, and domestic upholsterer. He also learned to fit convertible roofs on cars and manufacture custom-made boat covers. After completing his apprenticeship, Billy went on to become a sailmaker, working alongside some of the world’s leading sailmakers. In 2012, he began designing and customising automotive interiors from a small workshop in his back garden. Through his hard work and beautiful designs, Billy earned the trust of his clients and has built a successful reputation. In 2016, 1st Class Covers opened its doors. Since its inception, the company has aimed to become the number one upholsterer on the island. Through their combination of industry knowledge and expertise, the team is able to consistently offer first-class service and high-quality products. The company is dedicated to ensuring every project it undertakes exceeds clients’ expectations. As a small family business, 1st Class Covers is committed to delivering exceptional customer service and aftercare. The company is passionate about fostering strong working relationships with clients to ensure they return time and time again. In recent years, 1st Class Covers has experienced growth in the marine side of its business. From revamping the boat’s interior to fitting new furnishings, the business is able to design and fit upholstery to any specification. 1st Class Covers is highly skilled at carefully replacing worn linings with good quality, modern fabric. With many resilient upholstery fabrics to choose from, customers are sure to find the perfect design to create their dream interior. For clients unsatisfied with the comfort of their existing furnishings, the company can make new cushions using more suitable foams. As of 2021, 1st Class Covers has been operating from bigger premises in order to reach more clients and complete bigger projects. Last year, the company acquired Bob’s Prints, expanding its services to include personalised vinyl graphics, bespoke embroidery, and much more. 1st Class Covers has been able to integrate Bob’s Prints expertise and state-of-the-art technology into the business to provide clients with a comprehensive range of products for all clients’ printing and design needs. At 1st Class Covers, business continues to grow with the company receiving bigger contracts for more extensive upholstery and printing projects. Billy White and the team look forward to further strengthening their portfolio with more beautiful interiors and bespoke vinyl printing and embroidery work. With an established track record of success, 1st Class Covers has become a trusted partner for its devoted clientele. We are excited to see what new innovations and projects 1st Class Covers will embark on in the future. Contact Details Contact: Billy White Company: 1st Class Covers Web Address: Founded in 2016, 1st Class Covers are specialists in automotive and marine upholstery, with additional services offering bespoke vinyl printing and personalised embroidery work. With his ample experience in upholstery, founder Billy White has led the company to continued success. 1st Class Covers’ quality assurance and renowned reputation have established the company as a trusted service for clients’ upholstery and printing needs. Best Vehicle & Boat Interior Upholstering Company 2023