Goviers of Sidmouth acquires Havens

Goviers of Sidmouth Limited has announced the acquisition of iconic online business Havens of Westcliff-on-Sea. 

Simon Willis, MD of Goviers and Nigel Havens have known each other for many years through associations at Royal Doulton and Royal Crown Derby. Both Simon and Nigel have a deep affection for the tableware and glassware industry forged over many years. Simon and Janet Willis, and the team at Goviers, look forward to developing the Havens business and building on the work that the Havens family have done over the past 122 years.

When Simon and Janet acquired Goviers in 2019 it was predominantly a catalogue business with very little online presence. Over the past four years the catalogue has grown in size and the business developed significantly online – both in the UK and overseas. Now, the business operates from Stone in Staffordshire where the Havens business will also be housed. Havens has built up an enviable reputation for customer service and a passion and knowledge for the products it sells, Goviers plans to continue that focus and build on what Nigel and his brother Paul have built up over many years.

Havens has been family run for more than 120 years

Simon says: “Having worked in the tableware industry since 1985 it is exciting to be able to add the long-established Havens business to our current Goviers giftware operation. I have always had a passion for a well laid table, and I look forward once again to working with the finest tableware and glassware once again. Janet and I are really excited to have the opportunity to acquire another giant of our industry and are honoured that Nigel and Paul trust us to take on the business bearing their family name forward respecting the values that they, their father, grandfather and great grandfather established.”

Nigel and Paul Havens say they are “delighted that our friends and colleagues Simon and Janet will become the new owners of the Havens online brand. Their expertise and experience in the Tableware industry ensures continuity of the generations of Havens commitment to the industry and our loyal customer base. 

We will rest easy in our retirement in the knowledge that our eponymous brand is in very safe and capable hands. “

To contact Simon Willis, phone 07912 616297 or email

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