History of Western Towing

1977

Business started in this year, named Western Towing Attachements, with the help of our friends, Gordon & Teresa Thurgood of GT Towing in Potter Bar in Hertfordshire where the Saxton family moved from in 1967 to Devon.

Towbars were supplied and fitted from the small workshop at home in Dawlish Road in Teignmouth.

Publicity at the time was by a flyer which was distributed by all the family members around the local car parks usually by placing them under the windscreen wipers of cars.

1978

Moved to premises in Westbrook Avenue in Teignmouth, Devon. A lot of work was required to covert the old bakery to be suitable to start running the business.

During the first year here we began selling caravan and trailer accessories as well as other liesure related products.

1979

In this year we became stockist for Witter towbars & Indespension trailers and parts. The average price for fitting a towbar was about £40 and the Witter's retail price avaerage about £12 !

1980

The business expanded enough to need to move to larger premises. So the family home and the Old Bakery were sold and Bougards Garage in Bishopsteignton (between Teignmouth and Newton Abbot) was purchased. This was a much larger garage and workshops and filling station with accomadation above.

1983

Opened a branch of Western Towing in Exeter, the property wqas purchased from East Devon Flooring and was run by son Mark and his new wife Nicola who lived in the flat above as well. This was a completely new service for Exeter and it proved very popular. Towbars where fitted around the back in a make shift lean too.

1985

The book-keeping and accounts were taking up a lot of time, a lot of it after hours. We were perwaded to invest in a 'state of the art' computer costing about £3,500 to speed up our accounts work. It consised of two 1.2mb floppy disks, one for the Sage Accounts Program and the other to keep the data. It ran MSBasic which was obsolete a few years later as MSDos was more popular.

1986

In this year the premises across the road, formaly 'Chris Martin Cars' became available. We moved in later that year and ran both properties for about a year. The premises was build for Freddie Hawkins motorcycles so the workshop was rather narrow! We replaced the workshop doors so we could maniover vehicles in and out, not very easy though.

The forecourt seem very large, it took a while to get in enough trailers in.

1987

We moved from 284 Pinhoe Road acroos the road at 189a, it was too difficult to run the same business from two locations so close to each other.

Martin Park was sold to the current occupiers 'Metro Motors' and we moved to Kingsteignton Trading Estate, taking over UnitA1 from 'Devon Fuels'.

1999

We launched our first website in this year. It was when most households and business went online using dialup, it was very slow so the website had to contain only a few images so it would load resonabliy quickly.

It was an opportunity to display all of what we could offer in a brochure format, it soon became very popular. We did not sell and products at this time as it was not really very popular to buy online.

2002

This was our 25th Anniversary year, we ran prize draws and decorated each branch with our 25th year bunting.

2006

Our website was upgraded in this year to become an online shop as well as information and brochure pages.

Most of the products were for the trailer running gear such as brake shoes, hub caps bearings etc.

2016

We had been at our Kingsteignton Branch premises for over 24 years and as demand had grown the need to find larger premises has become a necessity. We have spent many years searching for an ideal location, eventually Jim''s Snells Coach Yard in Jetty Marsh Road, became available. It required an awful lot of work to bring it up to the standard we required but we felt it worth it due to its size and easy to find location.

The new premises offer plenty of parking, display area for trailers, storage area for customer's trailers and our hire fleet as well as a large showroom and workshop.