From 0 to £30 million in 30 years for Space Air
Space Air founder and managing director Neil Afram chose to mark the company’s 30th anniversary in resplendent style by chartering one of the largest pleasure boats on the River Thames to host lunch for guests and the evening for staff. One of the highlights was the opening of Tower Bridge, not once, but twice on each trip for the passing of the Dixie Queen.
From small beginnings in Guildford, Space Air grew rapidly and opened its first purpose-built headquarters in Guildford in 1986. The key to Space Air’s growth was its appointment as a distributor of Daikin air-conditioning products by the then sales director of Daikin Europe NV, Ali Rashidi. Now retired, Ali Rashidi was one of the guests at the 30th anniversary (visible right in th e middle of the photo).
Space Air’s latest headquarters is also in Guildford and supports a turnover of £30 million a year, so it is hardly surprising that Space Air is the largest of Daikin Europe’s network of independent distributors.
The occasion was particularly poignant for Neil Afram, whose name is synonymous with Space Air, He says, ‘As we were preparing for the day we found many nostalgic pictures of Space Air and various companies throughout the years. It is interesting to see how things have moved on in the 30 years since Space Air has been in existence and also the familiar faces of customers and friends who have been with us for so long.’