There’s cake and champagne on the agenda at Mila Denmark today as they celebrate 50 years since the business was founded. It was 1 November 1971 that MIchael Davidsen and LArs Borup-Nielsen set up their window and door hardware company and named it MILA after themselves.
They obviously couldn’t have imagined back then that their eponymous two-man business would one day become an iconic brand not just in the Danish fenestration market but across much of Europe, the UK and Ireland as well.
I joined Mila in 1981, just a year after Ray Gyde helped Michael and Lars set up Mila in the UK. In the decades that followed, the other Milas were also established in Ireland and the Baltics, and they have all gone on to enjoy real success.
I’m obviously incredibly proud of the business that Mila is today, with a deserved reputation for quality, service, integrity and innovation. Just as importantly, we’ve built a positive and supportive culture, underpinned by incredible teamwork and a real sense of family – and much of that comes from the foundations laid in Denmark in 1971.
We’re obviously looking ahead to a new chapter now with the change of ownership from Arran Isle to Assa Abloy, but our pride in our history is still exactly the same. 50 years on, heritage is still at the heart of Mila and I’ll definitely be raising a glass to Michael and Lars tonight.
If you want a glimpse of the Mila in the early days, there are great pics of Michael, Lars and Ray (and one or two or me as well) over on the About Us pages https://www.mila.co.uk/heritage/