Founded as a small frame making business in the 1910s as the Kent Plating & Enameling Co by Charles and brother Fred Norman. By the 1930s they were producing complete bicycles and were renamed Norman Cycles.
In 1953, Tube Investments acquired the company as part of the Birmingham Cycle Combine which included brands such as Sun, Armstrong and Hercules. Raleigh, including Sun and Phillips, were also acquired by T.I. who then focused all their bicycle interests in Raleigh. The Ashford factory ceased production in 1961. The brand continued under T.I. Raleigh until 1963.