Building Together – Two of Oxfordshire’s Oldest Family Firms Celebrate 60-Year Partnership

With a joint heritage spanning almost 150 years, Kidlington-based Pye Homes and Minoli, with its main Cowley showroom, are two of Oxfordshire’s longest established family firms.

Incorporated in 1960, Minoli is one of the UK’s original and oldest tile suppliers and has been working with Pye Homes, which was established in 1927, on developments across Oxfordshire and beyond.

As well as their long-term working relationship with Pye Homes, Minoli is also closely associated with Blenheim Palace, having supplied all the tiling for the award-winning Visitor Centre, which opened in 2012.

Today the two companies are continuing to build their partnership at Pye Homes’ Park View, Hanborough Gate and Church Farm developments.

Park View is the first development by Pye Homes to be built according to legacy principles based on the belief landowners have a social, economic and moral responsibility to deliver quality housing solutions of which its local community can be proud.

“Minoli has worked with Pye Homes for many decades, but we were aware of how very special Park View is and its importance both to their legacy and that of Blenheim,” said MD Jonathon Minoli.

“Working closely with their specification team, highest quality Minoli ceramic and porcelain was sourced from our Italian and Spanish production, representing the very latest designs in stone, concrete and wood,” he added.

For Pye Homes’ MD Graham Flint the partnership with Minoli reinforces the importance of working with a well-established local business that shares the same goals and values.

“For us it’s the continuity of being able to work with a family business that has grown up with us that is hugely important,” said Graham.

“Their heritage and emphasis on quality means we know we can rely on them, however they are also constantly looking at ways to improve and innovate their products to incorporate new technologies and vital environmental issues

“It’s also part of our wider goals to support local businesses and, during lockdown, knowing they are literally just around the corner from us has made sourcing and logistics that much more straightforward,” he added.

Since 2018, Pye Homes has been part of the Blenheim Estate and is helping them to achieve one of their key goals of tripling their economic contribution to the local community within 10 years.

About Pye Homes Blenheim

For almost a century, Pye Homes Blenheim have continued to take the same pride in the homes and communities they have built in Oxfordshire.

By combining the best innovations with designs and materials that have stood the test of time, we build in harmony with nature and the local legacy, so that new homes simply belong as part of a community, right from the start.

That same regard for legacy has led us to join with Blenheim and to make our commitment to their Legacy Principles. Together we share a desire for progress alongside a deep-rooted sense of place and enduring connection to our neighbours and local communities.

About Minoli
Established in 1960, Minoli is one of the UK’s original and oldest tile suppliers.

When founded in London in the late 1940s, the company initially produced and installed Terrazzo as well as working with mosaics and marble, before relocating to Oxford and branching out into supplying Italian ceramic tiles.

The company is still in the hands of the Minoli family today, with Jonathon Minoli as Managing Director.

PYE Homes

Since 1927, Pye Homes have continued to take the same pride in the homes and communities we have built in Oxfordshire.

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