Toolstation

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Toolstation Limited
Public / subsidiary
Industry Trade
Maintenance
DIY
Founded 12 February 2003 (2003-02-12)
Founder Mark Goddard-Watts
Headquarters Bridgwater, Somerset, England, United Kingdom
Number of locations
300+ branches in the United Kingdom (2018) [1]
Products Screws, Power Tools, Hand Tools, Fixings, Accessories, Kitchens, Bathrooms, Flooring, Lighting, Building supplies, Plumbing and Heating, Safety, Workwear, Security, Electrical supplies and Ironmongery Power tools, Garden sheds.
Revenue Increase £225.8m (2015) [2]
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Owner Travis Perkins plc
Number of employees
2273 (2015)
Website www.toolstation.com

Toolstation Ltd is a large United Kingdom and European Union direct sale and online supplier of trade tools, accessories and hardware products.

The company's head office and main distribution centre is in Bridgwater, Somerset where it is a major employer for the area. This is supplemented by 300+ branches across the United Kingdom, and large stock warehouses in Redditch, Daventry and Bridgwater. There is also an operation in the Netherlands with direct mail facilities and 20+ branches.

In the Netherlands, Toolstation was founded in 2006. In 2014, Toolstation expanded with a website in France, and in 2016 in Germany. Belgium followed in 2017. In the third quarter of 2017, Toolstation opened a few stores in the region of Lyon in France.

History[edit]

Toolstation was formed in February 2003 by Mark Goddard-Watts, nearly four years after the Goddard-Watts family had sold Screwfix in July 1999 to the Kingfisher plc group.

On 7 April 2008, it was announced that Travis Perkins plc had bought a 30% share in Toolstation. Travis Perkins invested in Toolstation and supported an accelerated roll out of new branches. The Toolstation property portfolio grew from 12 to 123 stores by the end of 2012.

On 3 January 2012, Mark Goddard-Watts and his family sold their remaining 70% stake in the business to Travis Perkins plc, making Toolstation a wholly owned subsidiary of Travis Perkins plc.

Sponsorship[edit]

The company currently sponsors the Western Football League (which is also known as the Toolstation League), the Northern Counties East Football League, Northampton Saints and the RNLI Flood Rescue Team.

Awards[edit]

  • 2013 Which? magazine online shops survey | Overall – 6th | DIY Category – 1st [3]
  • 2014 Which? magazine online shops survey | Overall – 5th | DIY Category – 1st [4]
  • 2015 Which? magazine online shops survey | Overall – 3rd | DIY Category – 1st [5]
  • 2016 Which? Awards – Retailer of the Year [6]
  • 2016 Which? magazine online shops survey | Overall – 3rd | DIY Category – 1st [7]
  • 2017 Which? Awards – Retailer of the Year

References[edit]

  1. ^ Toolstation Ltd, Catalogue 70, May 2017
  2. ^ Toolstation Ltd, Annual report and financial statements year ended 31 December 2015, approved 18 April 2016
  3. ^ "Toolstation named best online tools supplier". Builders Merchants News. 6 November 2013. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  4. ^ "The best and worst online shops" (PDF). Which? Publishing. November 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "Toolstation.com excels in Which? website survey". Datateam Business Media. 26 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "Winners of the Which? Awards 2016 revealed". 25 May 2016. Retrieved 21 June 2016. 
  7. ^ "The best and worst online shops of 2016". Which? Publishing. October 2016. Retrieved 9 January 2017. 

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