WE OPEN FOR BUSINESS
We started trading at the beginning of the swinging 60’s. In this decade & the next we had 4 different retail shops in Bristol. Building up a great reputation selling & repairing Hoover Juniors, washing machines & fridges. We were called Avon Services because the River Avon was at the end of our road & we based our business on excellent service.
ONE OF 1ST DISTRIBUTORS FOR NUMATIC
In 1971 we became one of the first distributors for Numatic International in the country & began selling their steel cased vacuums to the trade. Can you believe we still have spares for these in stock today! Although I am not sure the last time we had any 43 year old vacuums in for repair. Actually I have just checked our repair sheet & we had one in last month that was 32 years old!
HENRY IS BORN!
Numatic International, the inventor of Henry, had already been producing vacuums for 12 years when Henry was born in 1981. By the year of his birth we had already been trading for 20 years but Henry was a welcome addition to the family of domestic appliances we were already selling. Little did we know that Henry Hoover was destined to become the iconic face of vacuums in the UK.
suspension bridge 75m high = 220 Henrys
The most iconic view of Bristol, our home city, is the Clifton Suspension Bridge designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel. If we stacked up the total number of Henrys we had sold by 1986 then they would reach from the River Avon at the bottom of the Avon Gorge up to the famous suspension bridge.
The Gherkin 180m high = 529 Henrys
By 1989 we were based in 3 retail units on Redcliffe Hill in Bristol. By then we were well established as the expert in cleaning supplies in Bristol. We were still supplying householders but more of our work was with Bristol city council, local schools & contract cleaners.
Empire State 381M High = 1120 Henrys
As our business grew so did the depth of our knowledge. Through the 90’s & the 00’s we gathered more & more experience demonstrating cleaning equipment, providing advice & training to our customers so that we became their preferred supplier. We relished (& still relish) the challenge of solving our customers’ cleaning problems. If there is a stain they can’t get out of a carpet, a floor that is dull or dirty or a persistent malodour coming from a urinal we are the people to ask. We were becoming the One Stop Cleaning Shop.
Everest 8848M High = 26,023 Henrys
By 2009 our website the One Stop Cleaning Shop was launched & we had moved into warehouse premises with loads of parking & a large trade counter. Our sales on Henrys increased from selling a few hundred per year to sometimes selling 50+ a day. We coped with this incredible period of growth by carefully recruiting a fantastic team & investing money & time in getting the right software & processes in place.
As of 2017 We Have Sold
65,000 Henrys = 22,500M High
That’s enough Henrys to reach the top of Everest & back down again!
In 2017 our business is based on selling cleaning equipment, cleaning chemicals & disposable products all around the country. Whether you are the housekeeper in a royal household, a school caretaker, a facilities manager or a homeowner we pride ourselves in providing the right products at the right price with the best possible advice.