Welcome to The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd, where safety meets innovation. As a leading provider of fume cupboards and laboratory ventilation solutions, we pride ourselves on delivering high-quality products tailored to the unique needs of our clients.

Prioritising Innovation & Sustainability

At The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd, we prioritise innovation and sustainability in everything we do. Our products are crafted using the latest technologies and materials, ensuring durability, reliability, and energy efficiency. Whether you require standard fume cupboards, bespoke solutions, or retrofitting services, we have the expertise and resources to meet your requirements.

With decades of experience in the industry, our team consists of experts dedicated to designing, manufacturing, and installing fume cupboards that ensure the utmost safety and efficiency in laboratory environments. We understand the critical importance of maintaining a clean and hazard-free workspace, which is why we go above and beyond to deliver solutions that meet and exceed industry standards.

Customer satisfaction is at the heart of our business

We work closely with each client to understand their specific needs and preferences, offering personalized solutions that align with their objectives and budget. From initial consultation to post-installation support, our dedicated team is committed to providing an exceptional customer experience every step of the way.

When you choose The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd, you can trust that you’re investing in quality, safety, and peace of mind. Explore our range of products and services today and discover why we’re the preferred choice for laboratory ventilation solutions.

Lee - Managing Director

We’re thrilled to introduce you to Lee Fretwell, Managing director of The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd. 

About Me

Throughout my career, I’ve been deeply immersed in the construction of laboratory and chemical extraction systems. From setting up small prep rooms in schools to overseeing the completion of extensive new builds with multiple labs and Local Exhaust Ventilation (LEV) systems, I’ve been involved in every phase—from the initial design to the final commissioning and handover to clients.

I started the company off with one of my working colleagues in 2018 with some savings and a bucket full of knowledge the company has moved from strength to strength increasing in size from year to year we feel our combined knowledge of nearly 100years of working in laboratory’s, Food manufacturers and chemical plants, One of our favourite parts is install a small project for a start up company and then following them through their own growth Cortex being one of these.

Its not one particular item is the way people perceive the item installed that greatly interests me. From a simple LEV hood over a small working area” why is it not working?” is normally the question. When you show the client a smoke test and its not containing the smoke then a small adjustment to bring it closer or angle the hood better then all of a sudden from little extract to full containment its like a small miracle. This is why its so important to train the users after installation.

Passions and Interests

I have a large family who are all very close in proximity so we have regular gatherings for family meals and socialising. I also spend a lot of time getting out walking with our dogs. I would rather be outside than in . I always feel the need to get out and experience new things in life, I love to travel,  Whether it be skiing in the winter or going to beer festival’s in Germany. 

Favourite food

Id rather a bag of crisps than a cake.

Tim - Director

We’re pleased to introduce you to Tim Smith, Director of The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd. 

About Me

I began my career as an apprentice plumber working for a local authority. By the mid-1980s, I had transitioned to specializing in laboratory plumbing and fume cupboard installations. In the mid-90s, my father-in-law and I founded Regal Fans, a venture that allowed me to gain valuable experience and qualify as an electrician.

In 2015 I joined a leading laboratory furniture company, which further honed my skills and expertise. This journey eventually led me to start The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd, where I have been able to apply my extensive knowledge and passion for the industry.

A highlight of my professional journey with was becoming my own boss and Managing Director at the age of 30. This milestone was a significant achievement, marking the beginning of an exciting and fulfilling chapter in my career.

What I find most fascinating about our work is the diverse range of installations we handle. Each project presents unique challenges and opportunities, making every installation a rewarding experience

Passions and Interests

Outside of work, I have a keen interest in classic motorcycles. I have a collection of machines, with my favourite being a Suzuki GT750. Restoring and riding these bikes is a great way for me to relax and indulge in my passion for vintage engineering.

Fun Fact

I’m not very tall for my age!

Steve - Director

We’re happy to introduce you to Steve Hubble, Director of The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd. 

About Me

I have a background in mechanical and production engineering and have been a dedicated professional in the laboratory furniture and fume extraction industry since 1985. My career began at Tom Green Products as a design draftsman, where I gradually advanced to the roles of contracts manager and director. During my tenure, I played a pivotal role in the initial design and development of the Isoflow range of fume cupboards.

My experience includes project management for a variety of installations, ranging from small to large-scale projects for the HPA, Ministry of Defence (MOD), the public and private Education sector, and the UK Atomic Energy Authority. After spending several years with a leading UK laboratory furniture manufacturer, took my expertise freelance.

In June 2021, I joined The Fume Cupboard Company, bringing with me a wealth of knowledge and experience to continue delivering high-quality solutions in the industry.

One of the most memorable moments in my career was being deeply involved in the design, planning, and project management of a laboratory installation featuring 48 fume cupboards. This project also included the integration of complex fume extraction systems. A challenging yet rewarding experience that showcased my and ability to manage large-scale, intricate installations.

Passions and Interests

Outside of work, I have a variety of interests. I am an avid motorcycle and bicycle enthusiast. A lifelong supporter of Chelsea Football Club.

Cooking is a significant hobby that I share with my wife. Recently, we attended a pasta-making course together and once a week, I dedicate time to crafting a pasta dish from scratch using fresh, raw ingredients.

Fun Fact

I love a good Tim Vine pun! Or really, any good joke that brings a smile. 

Did you hear about the fume cupboard that told a joke? It left everyone in the lab breathless!


Paul Robinson - Admin

We’re excited to introduce you to Paul Robinson, a valued member of The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd team. 

About Me

I have a diverse background spanning the hospitality industry, manufacturing to laboratory furniture and fume extraction, Paul brings a wealth of experience and dedication to his role in IT, social media, sales, and administration. I’ve had the privilege of climbing the ranks to management before transitioning to the laboratory furniture and fume extraction sector. Over the past two decades, I’ve witnessed the evolution of our industry and am proud to have been a part of it. Joining The Fume Cupboard Company in 2022 has been a rewarding journey, and I’m excited to contribute to its continued growth and success.

Passions and Interests

Outside of work, I’m a devoted husband to my wife Clare and a proud father to five wonderful children: John, Lillie, Penny, Dani, and Chloe. I have a variety of interests and hobbies. I’m an avid road and CX cyclist and enjoy family bike rides around the local country park. Photography is another passion of mine, capturing moments that tell a story. Additionally, I volunteer my services to assist in fundraising activities for the local hospice, giving back to the community that has given me so much. 

Fun Fact

In August 2022, I cycled 150 miles all the way to Hunstanton from Peterborough just to enjoy some fish and chips visiting and raising awareness of Sue Ryder charity and the specialist services their hospices offer, then cycled back home again!

Favourite drink

Depending on the situation It’s a tie between a refreshing gin and tonic or a comforting cup of tea.

Favourite food

Nothing beats my wife’s homemade Slimming World lasagne paired with air-fried wedges and salad.

Freddie Waters - Installations

We’d like to introduce you to Freddie Waters, a valued member of The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd team.

About Me

My professional journey has been diverse and enriching, marked by a series of roles that have each contributed to my skill set and experience. I began my career in painting and decorating, working for a family-run business where I honed my attention to detail and developed a strong work ethic. This role also introduced me to the intricacies of interior fitouts, further broadening my understanding of construction and design.
I have also worked in logistics distributing electrical containment. This position gave me valuable insights into the logistical and operational aspects of the construction sector

One of the most memorable highlights of my career was working on a project at property owned by Lily Allen’s house. This opportunity showcased my skills allowing me to work in a high-profile high quality. A unique experience that underscored the importance of precision and professionalism 

Passions and Interests

Outside of my professional life, I am passionate about rugby and fishing. I am an active member of Braintree RFC, where I enjoy the camaraderie and physical challenge of the sport. Rugby has taught me the value of teamwork and perseverance, qualities that I bring to my work every day. 

Additionally, I find fishing to be a relaxing and rewarding hobby, providing a perfect balance to the fast-paced nature of my job.

Fun Facts

I have a wide-ranging palate when it comes to beverages; I enjoy anything from a traditional cup of tea to a refreshing mango cider. This quirky preference often surprises people and adds a bit of fun to social gatherings.

David Scott - Installations

We’re thrilled to introduce you to David Scott, a valued member of The Fume Cupboard Company Ltd team.

About Me

My journey to joining this company has been quite an adventure. I served as an infantry soldier in the Army for 12 years, an experience that took me around the world and instilled in me a strong work ethic and a sense of discipline. After my military service, I worked in a military prison gaurd, a challenging role that further honed my skills in handling diverse situations.

Following my time in the military, I embarked on a varied career in the construction service sectors. I’ve installed cavity and solid wall insulation and rendering. My career path also led me to the sports equipment industry, where I worked for several companies, installing and servicing, sporting equipment in , gyms, sports centres, schools, colleges, and commercial establishments. 

A particularly memorable moment from my career was during my Army service in Cyprus, where I had the unique opportunity to be an extra on the set of the TV show “Soldier, Soldier” alongside Robson Green and Jerome Flynn. A fascinating glimpse into the world of television and added a fun twist to my military career.

Fume cupboards and fume extraction systems are essential in many industries, and I find this new career path particularly fascinating. The opportunity to work on a diverse spectrum of sites and collaborate with different trades keeps the job interesting and dynamic. Understanding the critical role these systems play in maintaining safety and compliance in various environments is both challenging and rewarding.

Passions and Interests

Outside of work, I coach Layer Colts FC youth football team in Colchester, where I get to mentor and inspire young athletes, helping them develop their skills and love for the game. It’s incredibly fulfilling to contribute to my community in this way and see the positive impact on the kids.

Fun Facts

I come from a military family, which meant I spent my childhood living in many different countries, experiencing diverse cultures and environments. One of my most memorable adventures was riding a camel while serving in Sudan.

Steve and the team are a great asset to our business and the industry as a whole. They are very knowledgeable and experienced, providing an impeccable service!