Manjula & Bhikhu Shah
Co-founders & owners, Devco fireworks manufacturers
Profile by Bridget Osborne
Did you know that Chiswick has its very own fireworks manufacturer?
Bhikhu and Manjula Shah started out in business running a grocery shop in Fauconberg Rd, just selling a few fireworks for 5 November; they then began buying and selling wholesale. For the past twenty years they have had their own brand, Devco, designing their own fireworks which are manufactured in China. Most of their business is wholesale, but with their son Jinal they still sell their fireworks locally in the shop, in Fauconberg Rd and give advice on how best to plan your display.
People come back year after year to get their fireworks and their advice on putting on their own displays, as one customer did when we were making this video. What amazed me is that what I would describe as a firework ‘display’ is essentially one firework – you light the initial fuse and stand back as the flame makes its was through a series of timed fuses, as Jinal explains in the video.
Devco is a member of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card scheme
Devco is offering holders of The Chiswick Calendar Club Card 20% off fireworks. Ring Manjula on 0208 994 0714 to make an appointment to meet at the shop at 8 Fauconberg Rd, Chiswick W4 3JY to choose what suits both your pocket and the size of the display for your occasion.