AN INTRODUCTION TO EXPRESS PLUMBING SUPPLIES
BY ASHLEY WILSON MANAGING DIRECTOR
Barrow In Furness Opens
My first EPS branch opened in May 2003 with Stuart, who retired from the Company in 2016 and Keith who is the Manager today. We celebrated our new exciting venture with Dom Perignon Champagne at 8am then waited excitedly for the customers to arrive, which thankfully they did after a short time. Whereas Keith and I were relieved, Stuart was laid back as he knew we would be well supported.
Kendal Branch Opens
Kendal, my adopted home town, followed shortly in January 2005. Craig has been with me from the start and is now our Branch Manager and his trusted assistant. We were all well known in the town due to our previous jobs and the trading relationships we had built up over the years. These relationships have thrived and our valued customers continue to support us.
Carlisle Branch Opens
Jim and Kevin joined the family to increase our Branch number to 3 and are still with us today nearly 12 years later. This branch was our first in the North of the County and covered the North of Cumbria and Dumfries and Galloway. Our Team was again well known within the city with a proven track record in the Plumbing and Heating Industry.
FINANCE AND SUPPORT TEAM
Due to our continued expansion and growth we set up our Finance and Support Team in 2007, with Allison, who is now a Director in the Business, and Tracy who overseas our Sales and Purchases ledgers. Allison has in fact been involved with EPS even before we opened in Barrow as she supported the setup of our Software prior to opening. I am pleased to say they are both still with us today after over 10 years’ service. In fact 1/3 of our staff have been with us more than 10 years so it can’t be a bad place to work!
Ambleside Branch Opens
This branch is based in the most beautiful surroundings in the heart of the Lake District. Mark now runs this branch after initially starting with us in our Barrow branch in 2008.
Due to the success of the initial small unit we expanded into a larger premises in September 2017 This has enabled us to offer a wider range of products to service related trades, hopefully saving them a trip back into Kendal for supplies! Our free delivery service also goes down well in this area.
First CAD design created
All of our branches have inspirational bathroom showrooms and offer Computer Aided Designs (CAD) to enable you to see your dream Bathroom in 3D. The quality of ideas and designs from our dedicated Showroom Team is a fantastic service available to all our customers. We can offer an individual service tailored to any budget.
Whitehaven Branch Opens
Our most recent branch, which we opened in 2014, ensures we can now service all corners of Cumbria and are Cumbria’s only true Independent Merchant.
The branch is conveniently placed within the town and occupies a lovely elevated position and we have an experienced Manager in Anthony.
As with all branches we have great stocks of everyday products and a team of people who are dedicated to servicing your Plumbing and Heating needs.
In February 2017 we were delighted to launch our own Brand quality product to the market, designed and supplied by a leading industry manufacturer. Initially the product was Heating Controls and Ancillaries but this will expand and will be joined by other ranges in the very near future. Watch this space.