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Industrial products supplier building on rich history to forge expansion plans

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UK Fasteners
15 May 2024
UK Fasteners

A leading UK industrial products supplier is expanding its UK fasteners division in Longborough, Gloucestershire, as it aims to boost capacity and sustainability.

Established in 1876, Bolton-based Till & Whitehead is expanding its facility responsible for stocking and distributing fasteners and consumables for the window trade. Capacity at its Longborough UK Fasteners division is being extended by a third in response to growing demand for items ranging from window fasteners to consumables.

The site now stocks 5,000 different product lines, designed to help window fabricators and installers manufacture and install high-quality windows. This also includes Yale cylinder locks to help provide security on UPVC doors, for instance, as well as frame vents.

The investment is part of a seven-figure funding package from Lloyds Bank, which Till & Whitehead is using to expand its footprint and enhance its sustainability credentials. 

Till & Whitehead Limited was established almost 150 years ago, and started as a specialist ironmonger and cotton mill furnisher, and went on to supply some of the country’s largest infrastructure projects stemming from the industrial revolution, including the Manchester Ship Canal. 

The business has evolved to offer broad ranges of products required for housebuilding and maintenance, in addition to engineering consumables and janitorial products. It supplies a range of national housebuilders, councils and manufacturers across the UK from its Bolton premises. 

Stuart Padmore, Managing Director at Till & Whitehead, said: “My great-grandfather joined this business at the age of 15 in 1887, and our family has been part of the wider Till & Whitehead ever since. We’ve used the long and rich history to build strong relationships and become one of the most trusted suppliers for our product ranges in the UK.

“However, this does not mean we are complacent, and we’re always looking for ways to diversify into new sectors while becoming more sustainable. This latest investment is geared towards giving us a platform that will help us do just that.” 

Matt Smith, relationship manager at Lloyds Bank, said: “Till & Whitehead is a company with a strong British heritage and reputation for supplying quality products. Its expansion is testament to the value that experience adds to a business, and Stuart and the team are using that to their advantage."


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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