Oxford House Ltd traces its roots back to 1928 when Rosaria Galea opened her haberdashery shop in Valletta. Succeeded by her son, Francesco, he diversified the business into the manufacture and repair of tubular steel pushchairs and prams. Later expansion led to the first tubular steel furniture manufacturing plant in Malta and, in 1960, the company’s premises was expanded into one of the very first factories at the Mrieħel industrial estate.
When Francesco’s four children joined the company and started importing small household appliances and white goods, another important foundation of the business was laid. The children, led by the eldest, John, took over the enterprise when Francesco passed away in 1979 and, in 1986, the operations were incorporated into a limited liability company under the name of Oxford House Ltd.
Furniture manufacturing and importation continued throughout the 1980s and more expansion came in 1990 with the increase in capacity for knock down swivel chairs and office furniture. These new products would eventually replace tubular steel furniture completely and it was thanks to the foresight of the management at the time that the company continued to diversify and remain ahead of the curve.
The company has recently undergone extensive rebranding, in line with its “passion and commitment to helping [customers] create the home and workspace of their dreams”.
In 1994, Oxford House became the national recognised agent for Bosch Domestic Appliances of Germany and a major showroom expansion was undertaken to further consolidate the business. The old premises surrounding the factory was demolished and the present-day showroom with an area of no less than 1,600 square meters on four floors was built. This new space meant there was more room for growth and new lines of kitchens, bedrooms, office furniture and appliances were introduced. The company now deals exclusively with international flagship brands, focusing on importation, distribution and support.
Today, four generations since Rosaria Galea’s enterprising days in Valletta, the company is owned and managed by her great grandson, Marco Galea and his team of 70 people. It is still run on the same strong family values with great importance being given to customer service and support.
Managing Director: Marco Galea
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