John Henry Stead (Jack) worked as a lampshade maker for a company called EME lampshades. He became frustated with the general running of the business and decided to start up himself. John's daughter Valerie joined him in his new venture. In a one room workshop in Nicholson street in Edinburgh, Dorval Enterprises was formed. The business soon outgrew its premises.
Dorval moved to a new much larger premises in the aptly named 'Steads Place' off Leith walk and continued to grow. In 1977 Dorval Enterprises was renamed
Dorval Lighting and became a limited company. In 1980 John's son Peter gave up his work as a constuction engineer to join the business. With Peter's expertise in business he was able to continue the growth of Dorval Lighting. Soon Dorval had again outgrown its home and it was time for a move. In 1985 we moved to our current 2600 square foot factory on Newhaven Road.
In 1994 for the first time Dorval Lighting became a three generation family business when Peter's son Robbie left school to join the business. After 17 years of experience Robbie took over the reins and became Managing Director in 2011.
2017 marks Dorval Lighting's 40th anniversary and as a business with a solid customer base and excellant service over the years, has outperformed even John's early expectations.