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Ian Buckton & Jonathan Bennett joined John in the family company.

SDE purchased their first office.


SDE relocated to our Stanfree office that we remain in today.


Due to the continued expansion of work, SDE invested in our 10,000 sqft warehouse in Staveley.


After the opening of our Interiors side of the business, we invested in our joiners workshop where we produce trade counters, doors and furniture.


We had our first employee fully qualify as a SEMA Approved Racking Inspector, expanding on our current services to be able to provide external racking inspections.


Another one of our employees successfully qualified as a SEMA Approved Racking Inspector due to the continued demand for more Racking Inspections.


The 3D Design team came on board producing visualisations and 3D modelling to our clients across all sectors within the company.

Our sales team expanded further encouraging recent graduates to build their career through SDE Group.

Our latest employee successfully passed his SARI qualification - providing SDE Group with three qualified SEMA Approved Racking Inspectors.


Est. in 1992 by Mr John Buckton.

Storage & Display Equipment began selling and fitting pallet racking as well as display fixtures to the DIY market to one of our major clients.


SDE moved offices & purchased a warehouse due to more people joining the company.

More contracts were won with and the company really began to expand.

2000 - 2003

Mr John Buckton retired and the company was taken over by Ian Buckton and Jonathan Bennett.

Larger contracts were won and the industrial side of the business really took off!


SDE expanded their services when Robert Cartwright joined the company starting up the Interiors side of the business.


Over the next few years, the Interiors team expanded winning numerous roll out projects. 


Due to the wide range of services SDE now offered, we became known as the SDE Group.


Our office went through a major refurbishment, improving our working environment .


Expanding on our digital technology, SDE Group invested in some of the latest technology providing digital & video content and 360° virtual tour experiences to our clients.


Our 3D Design team expanded due to the increase in demand for design & visualisation projects.

Another sector within our group was formed

- SDE Electrical.


With a huge focus on renewable energy, we launched a new department within the group - SDE Energy Solutions


Since its formation in 1992, SDE Group have built a reputation working across a variety of sectors and engaging with different brands on a national basis. We specialise in providing a number of services to design and deliver within industrial, commercial and retail environments - successfully delivering projects through our multidiscipline knowledge. 

Our belief at SDE Group is that our job is not to only provide solutions to our client's immediate requirements, but to provide solutions that will help to secure the future success of their businesses. The diversity of our long-term clients are testament that we continually practice a client-focused approach.



Client Relations


We maintain and develop relationships that make a positive impact on our clients’ projects

Respect For People & Encourage performance


We value all our employees, encourage their individual development and reward their performance



We uphold the highest standards of integrity in all projects



We aim to get involved in as many charity events as possible, especially to aid our local community



We constantly strive to learn new techniques to stay ahead of technology. We aim to deliver the most efficient solution possible and redefine the standard of excellence in everything we do



We encourage and welcome different talents at SDE Group to enhance on our multi-disciplinary approach



SEMA Distibution Company
SEMA Approved Installation Company
SEMA Approved Inspector

SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association)

SDC (SEMA Distributor Company)

A SEMA Distributor Company qualification is necessary to allow knowledge that a company is supplying storage equipment of the highest quality and standards. SDE Group have demonstrated high levels of commitment to safety standards, work to industry codes of practice and are audited at random.

SAIC (SEMA Approved Installation Company)

The SAIC initiative is for professional storage equipment installation companies who are keen to develop safety standards and take a proactive approach to the development of this sector of the industry.

SARI (SEMA Approved Racking Inspector)

Our SEMA Approved Inspectors are highly qualified individuals who undertook extensive training to obtain their sufficient knowledge through a written examination and practical assessment. Our three qualified inspectors maintain their qualification and commit to a programme of on-going CPD (continuous professional development).


CHAS Premier Accredited Contractor

SDE Group have completed the Common Assessment Standard to achieve the CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) Premier standard demonstrating our compliance and commitment to risk management to both our clients and employees.


Being CHAS Premier Approved reduces duplication as compliance is accepted by all buyers. Before any works are carried out, SDE Group will provide full risk assessments and method statements relevant to all works we propose.

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UKCA Marking

For all ‘fabricated structural steelwork’ delivered to site there is a legal requirement for it to carry the UKCA mark. This includes all mezzanine floor support steelwork, structural bolts and welding consumables. SDE and our supply partners have gained UKCA mark certification in line with the technical standard EN 1090: Execution of steel structures.

Safe Contractor

Safe Contractor

Being an accredited Safe Contractor means our procedures, policies, training and insurances have been rigorously audited and comply with legislation showing our clients and employees that we view health & safety not in isolation but as an integral part of our project delivery service.



Most recognised register of electrical businesses accessing multiple companies to ensure the installation work undertaken meets the expected standards to ensure 100% safety. NECEIC check compliance and conformity against strict standards and regulations, ensuring all equipment is correctly calibrated.


Chesterfield Champion

Being involved in Destination Chesterfield provides us with the opportunity to make an impact on our local community and help aid investment into the town to reveal its true potential. Working together with other local businesses, we share a vision of how we want to help improve the town and we welcome any involvement in aiding this vision.


East Midlands Chamber

Connecting with businesses across Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire.

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