About us

 

Dexam is a passion that started over 60 years ago with a small portable barbecue.

Two brothers started the company 1957, travelling round the world discovering great products for improving the home, and importing them into the UK. They had a one room office, a high desk, a typewriter and a couple of dogs. Their wives did most of the packing, and their children came in to help - or hinder - at weekends. Their first delivery went to a shop in Ilkley, Yorkshire, which is still a customer to this day. And one of the children helping out back then is still here today.

Throughout the years, our principles have remained the same: innovation, reliability, friendliness and, above all, customer service. Recently, we have added to that list a determination to act as sustainably as possible within our environment (for example with our compostable packaging chips) and to support British manufacturers whenever appropriate (as with our Forest and Forge knife range). Technology has changed both the kinds of product that we sell, and the way we sell them. But technology doesn’t change everything: our staff, most of whom weren’t even born when Dexam started, are right at the heart of our company.

Nowadays, Dexam brings great products back from over 25 different countries, and sells them out all over the world. You’ll find our buyers working with designers and inventors; you’ll see them in forges in Sheffield, woodware workshops in Slovenia, small factories in Taiwan, cast iron foundries in France, trade shows in Chicago, and a hundred other places besides. All the time they will be looking for great value products that make cooking better, easier or more fun.

We’re proud to be based in Midhurst, in the heart of the South Downs National Park, and many of our team have been with us for more than 20 years – one has done 45! We engage actively with our local community, supporting young people in a wide variety of ways, among other ways, via two local youth clubs, a drop-in centre in Chichester and a Food Bank project.

Along with immersing ourselves in the surrounding community, here at Dexam, we are also passionate about reducing our impact on the environment. Working hard and finding ways to be sustainable, we are enthusiastic about reducing our carbon footprint while supplying our customers with essential cookware that they need most.

All orders that require packaging, are packaged with our bio-degradable eco chips. Our eco-chips naturally decompose when placed under hot water without any lasting effect on the environment. Here at Dexam, we are working towards a goal of being plastic free and hope for this to come into force by the end of 2020.

Through our funding assistance of the South America expedition by the RAW Foundation, we want to be at the forefront and help to fight, banishing pointless plastics from e-commerce.

This website brings you the best of what we do, and we hope that it encourages you to share in our world: the world of recipes, of local food heroes, of our staff and the products that we offer.

Welcome to the world of Dexam.